Business: Tampon Tussle

Fallout from the TSS shock

Cars, tires, soup and other items have been pulled off the market for reasons of consumer safety. But rarely, if ever, has an entire industry had to deal with the problem faced by the makers of tampons: a product that is widely used, worth tens of millions in sales and profits, and is now shadowed by concern about possible disease-causing properties.

The drama began in June, when researchers at the U.S. Center for Disease Control in Atlanta determined that a disorder called toxic shock syndrome (TSS) was related to women's use of tampons. In September Procter & Gamble's...

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