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Sanitary pads free of harmful chemicals: health authorities

All News 15:36 December 28, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 28 Yonhap) -- Sanitary pads pose no health risks to women, health authorities said Thursday, disclosing the results of their inspection of all products sold on the market.

The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it has examined 666 sanitary pads manufactured or imported since 2014 for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to see if they contain any harmful chemicals.

VOCs, like benzene and formaldehyde, have low water solubility and a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. While not all VOCs are hazardous, a few may pose long-term health risks.

The inspection was focused on a total of 24 highly dangerous chemicals, including benzene. It came after a local activist group claimed that 6 out of 10 users of the controversial Lilian brand sanitary napkins have experienced menstrual disorders, including unstable cycles and painful periods, due to possible side effects of chemicals.


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