Women's health group pickets outside P&G

Published: Oct. 13, 2015 at 7:35 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The national women's health non-profit Women's Voices for the Earth picketed outside Procter & Gamble's shareholder meeting Downtown Tuesday morning.

They want the company to list all ingredients and remove toxic chemicals from its feminine care products.

Women's Voices for the Earth also will deliver more than 35,000 signatures echoing that request to P&G. They are scheduled to meet with the company at noon.

In 2014, Women's Voices for the Earth commissioned laboratory testing of the popular pad brand, Always. The group claims the tested products emit toxic chemicals including carcinogens, and reproductive and developmental toxins. None of these chemicals are disclosed on the product by the manufacturer, Women's Voices for Earth says.

"It's been nearly two years since we first brought these test results to the attention of Procter and Gamble and nothing has changed. Instead, P&G has ignored the concerns of their consumers," said Sarada Tangirala, WVE's national campaign's manager.

"Women want safe products. We deserve to know what ingredients are in our feminine care products. And we have major concerns about toxic chemicals ending up in products that come into contact with one of the most sensitive and absorptive parts of the body," said Tangirala. "So we're bringing these concerns directly to P&G's shareholders."

A P&G spokesman issued a written response to FOX19 NOW on Tuesday morning:

"We value dialogue with all our consumers and plan to meet with representatives from Women's Voices for the Earth later today," reads the statement from Damon D. Jones, director of P&G's global company communications. "We plan to reassure them of the safe use of our products and to listen further to their concerns.

"For decades our feminine care products have provided protection and comfort for women around the world, and that protection begins with safety. The safety of women is the foundation of everything we do. Millions of women use and trust our products safely every day," the statement continues. "We share our feminine care product information with independent experts including medical consultants, university scientists, and the FDA so that women can use our feminine hygiene products with confidence.

"In addition, our products are medical devices in the US and are required to meet the strict safety expectations of the FDA. For those who would like to know more, we provide information on the materials in these products and their safety on our brands' websites.

"If women have questions about the ingredients and safety of our products, we have information posted on our websites:

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