Ladies, Do You Know What’s in Your Tampons?
No, seriously. Do you know the ingredients in your tampons and pads? A lot of us don't. But because of a new law Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Friday, New York will become the first state to require companies to disclose the ingredients of menstrual products on their labels.
According to Today, menstrual products are listed as "medical devices" by the Food and Drug Administration, so until now, companies have not been required to list how much cotton, rayon, and other materials and chemicals go into their products.
NY assembly member Linda Rosenthal spearheaded the bill, which according to Today, was first passed by the Assembly Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection in June 2018. The law will go into effect in 180 days, and the products' manufacturers have 18 months to create new packaging and labels that will show the ingredients. Cuomo took to social media to post about the new law.
"This is about ending an injustice and empowering women to make their own decisions about what goes into their bodies," Cuomo posted.
It surely can't hurt to know what's going in our bodies. What do you think? Are you relieved by the new bill?