Yes, that is MOLD ON A TAMPON. Danielle from Parr For The Course opened her new box of Kotex tampons and found mold growing on her tampon.
I love how they just nonchalantly address the mold because clearly they don't understand. They issued coupons as a compensation for her trouble.
I know right.. coupons? Soon after her post took off and garnered thousands of views, Kimberly Clark took notice and contacted Danielle again:
"I just read your message to us on Facebook and I wanted to tell you that we are so sorry you had this experience! In Betty’s eagerness to get back to your e-mail right away, she unfortunately sent you incorrect information concerning this issue.
Nothing is more important to us than consumer safety. Any discoloration or abnormality with our tampons is extremely rare, and we want to do a full investigation to determine the source and follow-up with our manufacturing facility. So if you still have the tampon, can you please return it to us by using the prepaid mailing envelope we’re sending you?"
I'm glad Kimberly Clark is taking an incident like this seriously and isn't dismissing it like they initially did.
In November of 2011, the FDA issued a recall for Kotex Natural Balance Tampons (Security Unscented Regular Absorbency) due to bacterial contamination that could cause vaginal infections, urinary tract infections and other diseases. Her box could have been part of the recalled SKUs so I am interested to see what they find.
You can keep up with Danielle and read her original posts here:
Parr For The Course: Re: The Overwhelming Response to the Moldy Tampon
Will you be checking your tampons from now on?