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EDC Connie Lau

  1. 1. Fringe Meeting at CI World Congress 2007 Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Safety Campaign from the CSR Perspective – Safety Issues of Household Insecticide Future Actions: What will we do to ensure safety of household insecticides Ms Connie LAU Chief Executive Hong Kong Consumer Council
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Ample food supply </li></ul><ul><li>Public health </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Potential risk to </li></ul><ul><li>Human </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul>Insecticide
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Need to strike a balance </li></ul>Risks Benefits
  4. 4. Consumer Expectation <ul><li>Right to safety </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond legal requirements </li></ul>
  5. 5. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mosquito coils with unregistered ingredient S-2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good example – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>choose environmental friendly ingredients by patented process </li></ul></ul>Formulation
  6. 6. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Suitable languages </li></ul><ul><li>Reasonable font size </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols & Pictograms </li></ul>Packaging & Labelling
  7. 7. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Transport & Storage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate Containers – Child proof caps </li></ul></ul>Packaging & Labelling
  8. 8. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Usage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct dosage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety tips </li></ul></ul>Packaging & Labelling
  9. 9. <ul><li>In case of Emergency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active ingredients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difference of life & death ! </li></ul>Trader’s Role Packaging & Labelling
  10. 10. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Disposal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discourage reuse of containers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container collection schemes </li></ul></ul>Packaging & Labelling
  11. 11. Trader’s Role <ul><li>Keep track of uses & problems </li></ul><ul><li>Consider need for changes </li></ul>After sale services
  12. 12. Corporate Social Responsibility <ul><li>Consumers’ purchase decisions affect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voluntary code of practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>International Code of Conduct on the Distribution & Use of Insecticides </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Corporate Social Responsibility <ul><li>Improve competitiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Build up reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Boost investors’ confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit community </li></ul>
  14. 14. Corporate Social Responsibility <ul><li>Least impact throughout full product cycle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>from extraction of raw materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to disposal of used products </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Consumer Survey in HK <ul><li>78% take precautionary measures </li></ul><ul><li>62% don’t read labels </li></ul><ul><li>78% don’t know insecticides may contain endocrine disrupting chemicals </li></ul>
  16. 16. Governments & Consumer Bodies <ul><li>Public Awareness Campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Registration system </li></ul><ul><li>Health surveillance programs </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor insecticide residue </li></ul><ul><li>Establish database </li></ul>
  17. 17. CIKL – Leader in Asia Pacific region <ul><li>Enhance consumer education </li></ul><ul><li>Establish regional database </li></ul><ul><li>Act as regional watchdog </li></ul><ul><li>Lobby for regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to global research </li></ul>
  18. 18. Consumers <ul><li>Easier to prevent than control </li></ul><ul><li>Keep house clean </li></ul><ul><li>Remove </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moisture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelter </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Consumers <ul><li>Non-chemical methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less immediate effect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longer effective period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pose lower hazard </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explore alternative pest control methods </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Safety of insecticides requires </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative efforts of ALL stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Governments </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Individual consumers </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>THANK YOU ! </li></ul>

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