For her period, a woman will use between 12,000 and 15,000 tampons and other sanitary napkins in her life. – L.VENANCE / AFP

Despite the official recommendations of the health security agency ANSES, last July, women's protections, that is to say
tampons and periodic towels always contain residues of unwanted chemicals, reveals
the magazine 60 million consumers in his new number.

"The main lesson of the new analyzes: the contaminations by residues of molecules at risk persist", explains the magazine, which essentially concerns the presence of residues of glyphosate, a controversial herbicide, and phthalates.

Glyphosate again detected in female protections

This publication comes a few months after the publication of a report by the health security agency Anses, motivated by a first survey of 60 million consumers, which made a big splash in 2016. In its report published last July,
ANSES had noted the presence of chemicals "in very low concentration" in the female protections, but had pointed out that this posed no risk for the users.

However, ANSES had recommended as a precaution to the manufacturers "to improve the quality of these products in order to eliminate or to reduce as much as possible the presence of the chemical substances". "Three years after our first revelations, 60 million consumers wanted to check to what extent ANSES's recommendations were followed by the manufacturers, "says the magazine. According to him, "
the recurrent presence of glyphosate or one of its derivatives in products of major brands (…) interpellates again. This also applies to organic labeled brands.

A worrying substance never detected before

"Another remarkable result: the presence of phthalates that we had not detected before," the investigation continues, citing a substance called DEHP. "Suspected by ECHA, the official European agency responsible for chemical substances, to be able to alter fertility (…), DEHP is one of the most worrying phthalates", according to the magazine. 60 million consumers regrets that "still too many brands remain unclear on the ingredients used in their periodic protection", in the absence of binding regulations.

"The brands involved are not necessarily the same but the report remains. Girls and women who wear periodical disposable protections may be in contact with residues for the least undesirably chronic, "the magazine concludes. On Feb. 8, after a similar mis en cause that prompted an ANSES alert and a government injunction, baby diaper manufacturers committed
to indicate the components on their packaging.


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