Tampon transparency

Proposed bill calls for research into the safety of feminine hygiene products

New York Representative Carolyn Maloney is calling for legislation that would prompt research into the safety of materials that are used in feminine hygiene products. Maloney has introduced the Robin Danielson Bill ten times without success. The bill is named for the first woman to die of tampon-induced Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Very little independent research has been conducted on the long-term effects of tampon use, and feminine hygiene companies are not required to list the ingredients of their products. According to Philip Tierno, a microbiologist at New York University, “There are many other leachables that come from [hygiene product] fibers, and they leach out chemicals whether [the fibers are] organic or inorganic, and [they] clog the liver.” Yikes.

Read the full story at New York Magazine.

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