Argentina: Study finds glyphosate in cotton, tampons, gauze pads, swabs


A team of Argentine scientists found traces of glyphosate in 85% of personal care and feminine hygiene products containing cotton and commonly purchased in drugstores and supermarkets.

The research was conducted by a team from the National University of La Plata and was presented at the Third National Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Peoples.

Almost 100% of the cotton produced in Argentina is transgenic and glyphosate applications are made "open cocoon".

Almost 100% of the cotton produced in Argentina is transgenic and glyphosate applications are made “open cocoon”.

Glyphosate was found in 85% of the products containing cotton bought in pharmacies and supermarkets including feminine care products like tampons and sanitary pads, sterile gauze pads, cotton swabs and wipes. A report published in March 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) under the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the potent herbicide as “probably carcinogenic.”

The results of the preliminary study were presented by doctor Damián Marino from Espacio Multidisciplinario de Interacción Socioambiental (Emisa) of the University of La Plata last weekend.

The study looked at a sampling of products from pharmacies and supermarkets in the area of La Plata, and analyzed cotton swabs, gauze and articles for feminine use. The results from all commercial products detected 85% glyphosate and 62% AMPA (metabolite or derivative of glyphosate).

Almost 100% of the cotton produced in Argentina is transgenic and glyphosate applications are made while the cocoon is open.

“We are starting the process to see what other herbicides are found,” Marino said in his presentation.

“The report left us shocked,” he said Medardo Ávila Vázquez, a conference participant and doctor from Cordoba.

“We had focused our attention on the presence of glyphosate in food, but did not think the products we use in all hospitals and health centers in the country to cure patients are contaminated with a carcinogenic product. The authorities must give an immediate response to this situation,” he said.

The research team from National University of La Plata headed by Damián Marino conducted a previous study on fruits and vegetables and found that 8 out of 10 contained pesticides. The study analyzed 60 samples of fruits and vegetables and found that 76.6% had at least one chemical and 27.7% of the samples had between three and five agrochemicals.

“The variety of pesticides is extensive. And the cocktail of chemicals is very strong, ” said Damián Marino. Among the products that were tested in the previous study they also found the insecticide endosulfan which has been banned in Argentina since 2013.

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Marino analyzed: “If pesticides – according to the previous study by our team – are in almost 80% of samples of fruits and vegetables and in addition are in at least 85% of the samples of daily consumer health products we reviewed, this is not just an issue of “fumigated villages” (agricultural areas near crops treated with pesticides). It is a a public health issue, a matter serious enough for the authorities to get involved,” he said.

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