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Friday, June 11, 1999

MMA calls for stringent control

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Environment should ensure that stringent environmental control is carried out in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Medical Association said contamination of dioxin could occur via the atmosphere and could accumulate in the food chain.

Association president Dr P. Krishnan said the Health Ministry move to ban entry of all canned meats and dairy products from European Union countries was appropriate.

High concentrations of dioxin in milk and animal fats have been reported to occur near sources of dioxin emission from industrial processes.

Since dioxin is fat-soluble, it "bio-accumulates" up the food chain and is mainly found in meat and dairy products.

Dr Krishnan said the departments should monitor pulp mills, municipal, medical and hazardous waste incinerators, chemical plants, forest fires and even vehicle fires.

He said public health policy usually aimed to keep public exposure to poisons at below a hundredth of harmful levels.





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