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Be Careful Next Time You Buy Tampons

Mold

Bread mold, fruit mold, tampon mold: There's no such thing as an acceptable kind of mold

There are some places you can reasonably expect to find mold. You know, like a super-old loaf of bread or that block of Parmesan cheese that was hidden behind the Costco-size bottle of ketchup on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

But on a tampon? Holy hell.

Most women don’t look at their tampons before inserting them. Thankfully for one woman, however, an unused Kotex tampon fell out of the applicator, which is when she saw it had black mold on it.

A woman named Danielle posted photos on her blog of the offending tampon. She also complained to Kimberly-Clark about what she found. Their response was . . . something.

Dear Danielle,

Thanks for contacting us about your experience with KOTEX® SECURITY® tampons. We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your recent purchase of our product.

We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods.

You can be confident that we are diligently reviewing our manufacturing process to ensure this problem does not recur. Because our customers and their well-being are very important to us, we want to assure you that the quality and safety of our products are our top priorities. We apply very rigorous procedures to our products to ensure that they are safe for their intended use.

With the hope that you will continue to use SECURITY tampons with confidence, we are sending you some coupons through the mail for your use on future purchases.


Betty
Consumer Services, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Lead the world in essentials for a better life.

It’s probably meant to be reassuring that the mold on the tampons is the same found on common food items. But considering no one would actually put that stuff in their mouth, it’s probably safe to say no one would want it in their vagina, either.

Still, a coupon for free products is a coupon for free products. Because we’re all rushing out to buy Kotex tampons now, right?

Click here for pictures of the moldy tampons — if you can stomach it.

Photo credit: iStock

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