Tampons may have ‘toxic levels’ of lead and arsenic in them, study warns – GLOBAL

July 9, 2024

Tampons sold under various popular brands may contain toxic metals such as arsenic and lead, according to a recent study out of the University of Berkeley in California.

The study, published in the latest volume of Environmental International, found that all 30 tampons tested from 14 brands — including organic tampons — contained lead, with some showing concerning levels of other toxic metals like arsenic.

“We selected several different products and tested them for a panel of 16 different metals. And we found concentrations of every single one of the metals we tested. For some of the metals, like lead, which is toxic, we found a presence in every single one of the tampons we tested. So we found a lot of metals,” said lead author Jenni Shearston, a postdoctoral student at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

But despite the large potential for public health concern, she told Global News, very little research has been done to measure chemicals in tampons.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/10610086/tampons-toxic-levels-metals-lead-arsenic-study/

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