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    BEIJING (AFP) - Used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China, threatening to spread sexually-transmittable diseases they were originally meant to prevent, state media reported Tuesday.
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    In the latest example of potentially harmful Chinese-made products, rubber hair bands have been found in local markets and beauty salons in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province, China Daily newspaper said.

    "These cheap and colourful rubber bands and hair ties sell well ... threatening the health of local people," it said.

    Despite being recycled, the hair bands could still contain bacteria and viruses, it said.

    "People could be infected with AIDS, (genital) warts or other diseases if they hold the rubber bands or strings in their mouths while waving their hair into plaits or buns," the paper quoted a local dermatologist who gave only his surname, Dong, as saying.

    A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just 25 fen (three cents), much cheaper than others on the market, accounting for their popularity, the paper said.

    A government official was quoted as saying recycling condoms was illegal.

    China's manufacturing industry has been repeatedly tarnished this year by a string of scandals involving shoddy or dangerous goods made for both domestic and foreign markets.

    In response, it launched a public relations blitz this summer aimed at playing up efforts to strengthen monitoring systems.

    13 Comments

    ewwwww

    wow! a hairband with built in hair gel:w00t: :w00t:

    bitseylango

    wow! a hairband with built in hair gel:w00t: :w00t:



    :giggle: :giggle:

    Admin

    How do they collect the condoms for recycling?? Maybe they have blue for plastics, green for glass, brown for papers, and unflattering pink and shiny for these :lol:

    Did anyone inadvertently check their hair band while reading that :w00t: :giggle:

    Do you have to pay more for a ribbed or flavoured hair band?:giggle:

    Why waste time recycling? :thinking:

    Just swill them out with hot water. :-D

    thesaint

    Why waste time recycling? :thinking: Just swill them out with hot water. … Why waste time recycling? :thinking: Just swill them out with hot water. :-D


    you dirty beggar:w00t:

    I shall resist your attempts to tempt me into saying something that shall result in a ban.

    moi?:whistling:

    Oui, vous.(Poor at French, so apologies).

    thesaint

    Oui, vous.(Poor at French, so apologies).


    je suis bon au français ;-)

    bitseylango

    je suis bon au français ;-)



    Yeah, just PM it to me.
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