Toxic chemicals found in sanitary products
Monsanto herbicide identified by study
A study by the University of La Plata in Argentina has found that 85% of tampons, cotton, and other hygiene products contain traces of Glyphosate the primary ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup.
Roundup is the world's most heavily used weed killer and most of the sanitary products in countries like the US and Argentina use Roundup-resistant GM cotton.
"The result of this research is very serious. When you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or [for personal hygienic uses] thinking they are sterilized products, [the result is that they are] contaminated with a carcinogenic substance," said pediatrician Vazquez Medardo Avila in the study.
The study notes, in cotton, for example, most of it is genetically modified and sprayed with Glyphosate which is passed on to the product.
Earlier in the year we reported that the California Environmental Protection Agency will label the chemical Glyphosate used by Monsanto in Roundup as "known to cause cancer."
The chemical has also been re-classified by the World Health Organisation after research conducted by the international body found that the chemical is probably carcinogenic to humans.
Campaign group the SumOfUs has now started a petition asking Proctor and Gamble to use only toxic-free cotton for feminine hygiene products.
The SumOfUs member who started the petition, Holly Lewis said,
"When I heard about this possible health risk to myself, my friends, and my daughter who lives in Argentina, I decided to start the petition."
"Public pressure is mounting, and some countries like France, Colombia, and Sri Lanka have placed restrictions on Glyphosate to protect people and the environment. Now it's time for Procter & Gamble to commit to sourcing Glyphosate-free cotton for hygiene products like Tampax and Always."
The petition currently has over 130,000 signatures.
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