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Lawmakers Call for Labeling of Feminine Hygiene Products

by Countable | 6.1.17

Two female lawmakers and a myriad of women’s group are calling on Congress to pass a bill to require the labeling of feminine products like tampons and pads. One of the bills they’re pushing is the Menstrual Products Rights to Know Act, which would require companies to list all the ingredients in a product on the label – just like food companies are required to do.

"We deserve to know what ingredients are in our tampons and pads. These products are in direct contact with our most sensitive and absorptive (sic) skin," Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) said outside the Capitol. “It’s ridiculous that we know what is in our lotions and in our shampoos, but we don’t know what goes into in our menstrual hygiene products. And as consumers we evaluate products based in part what they’re made of.”

Erin Switalski is the Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth. She says an average women uses approximately 17,000 tampons in her life time, and that 70 percent of women use them and other feminine products. That’s why she also is pushing The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Safety Act, which requires the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on feminine products.

"No federal agency is evaluating the safety of ingredients in feminine products. In fact manufacturers aren’t even required to disclose the ingredients that they use in their products," Switalski said a Capitol Hill press conference. “It’s time for Congress to change that. Women have a right to know what’s in these products. And we have a right to know that they are safe.”

Contact your lawmakers and let them know if they should support the bill.

-- Matt Laslo

(Photo Credit: גביע האלופות / Creative Commons)

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  • Max
    06/01/2017
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    What's to argue? Would you want to put something toxic inside your body without knowing it? No different than any other product used on or in the human body.

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  • Grant
    06/01/2017
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    Why is this not already done? Get it done now!

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  • Joanne
    06/01/2017
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    Of course there should be labeling on feminine hygiene products. This is a no brainer. Don't men want to know what they're putting on their private parts???!!!

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  • Gillian
    06/01/2017
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    For women's safety, this is a necessary measure long overdue.

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  • Ticktock
    06/01/2017
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    You should vote YES on this one. I remember not so long ago that women were getting toxic shock from tampons. Many died painfully. Yes there should be full disclosure. As serious as this issue is I'm surprised that it will take a law to force corporations to comply. Most of us have a sister, mother, wife or daughter so we all have something in this fight.

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  • Yolanda
    06/01/2017
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    Women should have information about products we are required to consume unless we're supposed start menstruating on everything as a sign of protest against consuming feminine hygiene products!

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  • Joel
    06/01/2017
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    Next step is to eliminate taxes on these products.

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  • littletigerbabe
    06/01/2017
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    The fact that this hasn't been implemented already is just mind blowing. This is literally common sense, get it done!

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  • JaredThePoet
    06/01/2017
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    I'm shocked that this isn't already being done. Women are putting these in sensitive areas, they should definitely know what's in them! The lack of regulation here is pretty astonishing.

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  • Hoosierkitty
    06/01/2017
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    Labeling these products is important to health. Please pass

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  • Laura
    06/01/2017
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    Yes. And creepy republican can men should stay out of our vaginas. Quit putting things in there that we don't want. Like your tiny GOPPees. And if you're going to make it harder to get birth control now, no more sex for any of you. Pervs.

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  • Brian
    06/02/2017
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    Slam dunk no brainer. Get it done.

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  • Judith
    06/01/2017
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    Vote yes to labeling ingredients used in all feminine hygiene products. I cannot believe this is not already done. We certainly know what condoms are made of, don't we?! This is a woman's health issue, period. (Pun intended).

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  • Danny
    06/01/2017
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    Yes they are just as responsible for chemicals as drug company's. Go all natural "HEMP".

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  • Sara
    06/01/2017
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    I am stating not to do so is to intend harm. No option other than vote yes. We will know where people's morals are.

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  • Braingirl
    06/01/2017
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    Absolutely! I am for requiring both labeling and testing. It's not like it's easy for us to put pressure on the companies by boycotting their products or anything...

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  • Alexandra
    06/02/2017
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    Food gets labeled because it is a product we put inside our body; tampons should be labeled because they are products we put inside our body. Bodies have sensitivities and allergies to different ingredients we put in them and that applies to feminine hygiene products as well. It's just common sense.

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  • Elizabeth
    06/01/2017
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    Yes. Women have the right to know what is going on/on their bodies.

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  • Carmen
    06/02/2017
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    Labeling should have been there years ago!

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  • Pam
    06/01/2017
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    The labels on feminine hygiene products should be as clear as the labels on anything else that enters the body -- food, medication, etc. This should already be a law in place. Please vote to better the education and labeling on what's in our feminine hygiene products.

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