Defective tampons that were stolen by thieves may pose a health risk to women who use them, Kimberly-Clark Corp. says.
The company said that the Kotex Natural Balance Security tampons failed the final inspection and were sent to an outside company to be destroyed.
But they were stolen and then sold to the public. Some of the tampons have metallic particles, imperfect raw materials and increased levels of bacteria, Kimberley-Clark said.
However, the company said the health risk is low and it has received no complaints from consumers.
The defective tampons had been scheduled for destruction between October 2011 and June 2012.