Customs officials at Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport have seized a half tonne shipment of sanitary pads after electronic scanners detected radioactivity in the feminine hygiene products, which were packed in 30 crates. Tests found that the sanitary pads were 35 times more radioactive than the safe level of radioactivity.
The sanitary pads originated in China and arrived at Lebanon's main gateway from Dubai. After failing to pass the radioactivity scanner test at the airport, the shipment's contents were examined
at the laboratories of the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission.
The sanitary napkins reportedly were manufactured by Chinese manufacturer Winalite International, which purports the health benefits of anions - groups of negatively charged ionized atoms. The negative ion strip embedded in each sanitary pad is activated by the friction of wearing the pads and supposedly stimulates the human bio-current to prevent various diseases.
The discovery of the radioactive pads is the latest in a series of radioactive finds at Beirut's airport and seaport amid an ongoing crackdown on radioactive imports. Last month, the Customs Department at Beirut airport refused a shipment of mobile phone covers from China that were radioactive.
Nol van Fenema