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Study: Tampon Products Harbour Arsenic, Lead

Researchers report they have discovered lead and arsenic in a wide variety of tampon products sold in the United States and Europe. Reports of the findings are published in the journal ‘Environmental International’.

Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition and cosmetics.

On its part, arsenic is a naturally occurring, semimetallic element widely distributed in the Earth’s crust. Arsenic levels in the environment can vary by locality, and it is found in water, air, and soil.

Testing revealed the presence of lead in all 30 tampons from 14 brands obtained from major online retailers and stores in the US, the UK and Greece.

“Our findings point towards the need for regulations requiring the testing of metals in tampons by manufacturers,” the researchers wrote.

Their analysis looked for concentrations of arsenic, barium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, manganese, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, strontium, vanadium and zinc. All 16 metals were detected in one product.

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