The Ministry of Health is aware of strong public sentiment following recent reports of high bacterial load on samples of at least four (4) brands of household toilet tissue. We take even more interest in this matter as indications are that the Bureau of Standards’ (BSJ) testing of several brands was prompted by reports of gynaecological incidents.

The test results and the reported incidents bear implications for public health and safety. The office of the Chief Medical Officer has launched an investigation into the circumstances of both the reports of the BSJ tests and the gynaecological incidents.

Contact has been made with the BSJ to ascertain veracity of the reports and true assessment of the situation surrounding the toilet tissue bands in question.

The Ministry’s Public Health mechanism will be responding immediately with a view to removing the affected toilet tissue brands from the public domain to mitigate possible public health risks.

In the meantime we attach for public information the list of tissue brands that have passed preliminary BSJ tests.

Michael Coombs

Chief Medical Officer of Health

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