HC Deb 10 November 1980 vol 992 c22W
Mr. Austin Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he has any proposals for stopping the sale of internal sanitary protection tampons containing cellulose, in view of the possibility of toxic shock.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim

Medical experts in the Department of Health and Social Security are considering whether there is any basis to reports of a link between the use of internal sanitary protection tampons, whether or not containing cellulose, and toxic shock. Until their inquiries are complete it would be premature to contemplate restricting the sale of these goods.