Detected 97% carcinogens of overseas direct purchase sanitary napkins distributed in Korea

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A survey result showed that carcinogens were detected in 25 types of female sanitary products for direct purchase overseas.

According to the results of a survey received from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety by Lee Yong-ho, an independent member of the National Assembly Health and Welfare Committee, on the 2nd, carcinogens classified by the International Health Organization and the International Cancer Center were detected in 647 products, which account for 97.2% of the 666 items surveyed. done.

Carcinogens are dichloromethane, hexane, chloroform, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, tetrachloroethylene, ethylbenzene, styrene, xylene, and the like. Benzene and trichloroethylene are first-class carcinogens designated by the International Cancer Institute.

Benzene and trichloroethylene were detected in 165 items, accounting for 25%, and sterene, chloroform, toluene and hexane, which are reproductive toxic substances designated by the European Chemicals Agency, were detected in 639 items.

In addition, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety surveyed 126 women’s sanitary products such as sanitary pads, panty liners, and tampons in Korea last year to detect phthalates and dioxins, and 73 of them found phthalates.

Phthalates, also called environmental hormones, are known to be at risk of reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption in animals.

In addition, dioxins were detected in 3 out of 78 disposable general sanitary napkins and 8 multi-use cotton sanitary napkins. Dioxin is a Class 1 carcinogen determined by the International Cancer Research Organization (IARC).

Rep. Lee said, “The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety emphasized that it is safe even in the worst-case scenario when the sanitary napkin risk assessment was announced in September 2017, and in the announcement of the quality check of sanitary products in December last year, it was announced that the dioxin risk assessment result was not harmful to the human body. I wonder if it can be used.”

He criticized, “Among the numerous products, there are products that do not detect harmful substances such as carcinogens, phthalates, and dioxins, but because the amount of detection is small, it is deceptive to the public.”

Reporter Dahun Yang [email protected]

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