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Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in Featured, Reports | 14 comments

Argentinian Study: Tampons, Sanitary Pads and Sterile Gauze Contaminated with Probable Carcinogen Glyphosate

Argentinian Study: Tampons, Sanitary Pads and Sterile Gauze Contaminated with Probable Carcinogen Glyphosate

One hundred percent of the raw cotton and sterile cotton gauze contained glyphosate (a probably carcinogenic herbicide according to the World Health Organization) or its metabolite AMPA, according to a study by the Socio-Environmental Interaction Space (EMISA) of the University of La Plata, Argentina. Cotton swabs, wipes, tampons and sanitary pads were also found to contain glyphosate and AMPA.

“85 % of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 % for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100%,” Dr. Damian Marino of EMISA explained.

Source: (Spanish)

He continued: “In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that in raw cotton AMPA dominates (39 PPB and 13 PPB of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent of AMPA, but contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.”

“The result of this research is very serious, when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance,” leading expert Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez stated after the results were announced in Buenos Aires last week.

Avila Vazquez continued; “Most of the cotton production in the country is GM cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”

Dr. Marino revealed that this investigation had not been the target of his research group: “We were investigating the drift of glyphosate in aerial applications, that is, how far the substance spreads when it is sprayed.”

He continued: “There is a basic premise in research that when we complete testing on out target we have to contrast it with something ‘clean’, so we selected sterile gauze for medical use, found in pharmacies.”

“So we went and bought sterile gauze, opened the packages, analyzed and there was the huge surprise: we found glyphosate! Our first thought was that we had done something wrong, so we threw it all away and bought new gauze, analyzed them and again found glyphosate,” Dr. Marino concluded.

In March this year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, changed the classification of five pesticides, including glyphosate, from “possible carcinogens” to “probable carcinogens”.

  • Alexia

    Have you any idea HOW MANY tampons, pads etc a woman uses in the course of her lifetime? Have you any idea HOW LONG a tampon can remain inside a woman’s body? Or a piece of gauze used in a medical procedure? This are not ‘one-off’ short-term exposures: these are repeated, several-hours of exposure over decades. Think beyond the parts per billion, please.

  • Will Elliott

    please tell me what the chances that there are higher concentrations of glyphosate in the food we consume

    • Jackson

      Your kg to lbs conversion is off. Should be 17,361 lbs of soybeans every day.

    • Jackson

      Depends on how fast the outward flow rate was. Also, yuck.

  • Bryn Stephens

    Peter, when you acquire your own vagina and must insert tampons into it you are allowed to participate in this discussion.

    • Bryn Stephens

      No, Peter, you simply don’t understand. Because you can’t. Unless this is personal decision that immediately affects your personal health you can’t ever put yourselves in the shoes of those who have to live with the possible consequences, nor make any valid decisions or assumptions for them. You don’t have the right equipment.

      • Bryn Stephens

        So many contradictions and logical fallacies in one post. I’ll just let it implode by itself.

    • Swami22

      Yeah Peter! Only women who use tampons may discuss this. If you use gauze bandages you may discuss them, but be sure you are not attempting to discuss anything else. That’s right Peter. The tampon police have spoken. Misandry, I mean Miss Byrn, has spoken.

  • Joan Snider

    When the tampon is in contact with the very vascular vaginal mucosa, whatever is present in said tampon can pass into the vaginal tissues…your comment about tampons “remove substances” only shows ignorance!

  • Staph Davis

    Why don’t we keep the dicks away from anything involving our bodies, ladies? Apparently they have a “much more important organ”…

    • Swami22

      Although it is true that we men find significant reason to appreciate our special appendages, I can assure you that, to heterosexual men, there is no more important organ than the one you gentle women readers possess.

      • ɹǝdɯoʇs ɥʇʎɯ

        Contrary to some of the comments on threads such as this, the brain is the most important organ.

  • leslie green

    This must be publicized …. I know of no one who has heard about this!

  • Cominichis

    This pesticide is killing our planet and those responsible(Monsanto) must be held responsible and made to stop and clean up their mess no matter how much money it costs them.