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Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review his decision not to require further warning labels, additional to those referred to in his answer of 5 April, Official Report, column 804, to be compulsorily provided on the packaging of tampons.

No. Toxic shock syndrome is a very rare illness and I am not prepared unnecessarily to frighten women off buying tampons by asking the industry to put a warning about toxic shock syndrome on the outside of the packet. I am however asking it to put a warning on the leaflet inside the packet on how to recognise the symptoms of TSS and the fact that very occasionally it can be fatal: and to put on the packet itself guidance as to what degree of absorbancy should be used.