Let­ters to the Edi­tor Please test mos­quito re­pel­lents

Consumer Voice - - Letters To The Editor -

I strongly rec­om­mend that you test the mos­quito re­pel­lent coils, mats and liq­uids (All Out, Mortein, Good Knight, etc.). We have been us­ing these for the past sev­eral years and their ef­fi­cacy has gone down con­sid­er­ably, es­pe­cially that of the liq­uids.

I dis­tinctly re­mem­ber that till a few years ago All Out / Good Knight lquid re­pel­lent used to con­tain 5% al­lethrins and the mos­qui­toes lit­er­ally used to fall dead on the beds. No longer. The chem­i­cal has been changed, the con­cen­tra­tion has gone down, and the liq­uids are not ef­fec­tive at all. Mats are equally bad. The coils are slightly bet­ter but not fully ef­fec­tive – they cre­ate suf­fo­ca­tion if the doors/win­dows are closed.

Col. Nalin Kishore Thank you for the sug­ges­tion. We must in­form you here that it takes six to eight months for com­plet­ing a test as it in­volves var­i­ous pro­cesses in­clud­ing con­sul­ta­tions with stake­hold­ers and lab­o­ra­tory test­ing. We have noted your sug­ges­tion and will try to in­clude it in our fu­ture CT projects.

Mean­while you may go through our old re­port on mos­quito re­pel­lents (pub­lished in Fe­bru­ary 2012 is­sue of Con­sumer Voice).

Why is ITC brand miss­ing?

I re­ceived the lat­est is­sue of Con­sumer Voice to­day. It is quite in­for­ma­tive, as al­ways. How­ever, you have not in­cluded the Aashir­vaad brand of atta by ITC in the com­par­i­son of pack­aged whole wheat flour. Any par­tic­u­lar rea­son for the omis­sion?

Col. Nalin Kishore

Con­sumer Voice is sig­na­tory to the Cam­paign for To­bacco-Free Kids world ini­tia­tive. We are anti-to­bacco cam­paign­ers. The cam­paign clause in­cludes no link­ages with to­bacco or liquor com­pa­nies. Hence Aashir­vaad of ITC could not be in­cluded.

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