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Woman Finds Moldy Substance on Kotex Tampon


A Texas woman got an unpleasant surprise when she unwrapped a Kotex tampon on Tuesday morning: the tampon appeared to be covered in black, moldy spots. (Ew!) This comes a few months after certain Kotex tampons were recalled for bacterial contamination (the two incidents are not known to be linked, though).

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Danielle Parr, who discovered the tainted tampon, was rightly disgusted by what she saw and immediately unwrapped the remaining tampons in the box: "After I opened this one, I went through and opened the rest, because I was grossed out," Parr said to WFAA news. Parr also posted pictures of the tampons on her blog and Facebook page.

Kimberly-Clark, the manufacturer of Kotex tampons, stated that there are no known mold issues with their product, and a representative called Parr to apologize and say that, although mold has been found on tampons before, it's a "common environmental species that carries no health risk." But Dr. Jay Staub, an OB/GYN interviewed by WFAA, stated that while a moldy tampon may not be life-threatening, "I suppose there can be a risk of infection because you're putting mold in the vagina," he said. 

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What would you do if you opened a tampon to find mold on it?