Period Activists Want Tampon Makers to Disclose Ingredients

Period Activists Want Tampon Makers to Disclose Ingredients

The New York Times

Roni Caryn Rabin

May 24, 2017

“The Food and Drug Administration regulates menstrual hygiene products as medical devices, a category that also includes dental floss and condoms. The agency recommends manufacturers provide general information on the label about the material composition of the product – such as whether the product is made of cotton or rayon — but does not require the individual ingredients, said Deborah Kotz, an F.D.A. spokeswoman.

“Disclosure of ingredients in pads and tampons right now is entirely voluntary,” said Sarada Tangirala, the national campaigns manager for Women’s Voices for the Earth.”

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