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US NGO campaigns against 'harmful' chemicals in feminine wipes

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US NGO Women's Voices for the Earth (WVE) has launched a campaign against 'harmful chemicals' in feminine wipe products.

Naming such brands as Always, CVS, Playtex, Vagisil and Walgreens, WVE says many of these products contain biocides of potential concern, such as methylisothiazolinone (MI) and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC).

And, as part of the campaign, it has written several letters calling on CB Fleet – brand owner of Summer's Eve wipes – to eliminate octoxynol-9 and other substances from its products. WVE also wants the company to disclose the ingredients of the trade-marked odour control ingredient, Neutresse.

The company says it maintains a "robust clinical safety testing programme" as part of its product development and follows applicable Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for feminine products it sells.

Last year, a WVE campaign calling for feminine hygiene product manufacturers to voluntarily disclose their ingredients resulted in Procter and Gamble (P&G) and Kimberly Clark increasing their transparency efforts.

A bill requiring ingredient disclosure for feminine care products was introduced last year, but failed to gain traction in Congress.

For more detail on this story go to CW+BiocidesHub.

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