The article circulated from AFP attributes the story to China Daily newspaper. The article claims that the used condoms are being recycled into hair bands in southern China threatening to spread sexually-transmitted diseases and bacteria.
The news is very alarming, but the New Express Daily article said that the condom-laced hair bands have been sold only in China in Dongguan and Guangzhou cities in southern Guangdong province.
The article included pictures of some of the hair bands and what appeared to be pieces of condoms inside. Whether the condoms were actually used ones or not have not been confirmed, but the New Express Daily claims that they are.
The article also warns that the condoms could retain traces of sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS, but experts say that is not the way the HIV virus is transmitted, so the threat of AIDS may have been exaggerated.
So be very cautious of hair bands at open markets around the city because they are probably from China since they are purchased in bulk very very cheap! Take a good look before buying hair bands in future – especially like the following kind. These hair bands were made from used condoms and threads.
Here’s the real example of the rumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
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.
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 colorful 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 as saying. A bag of ten of the recycled bands sells for just Rs.5, 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.
Check your kids’ hair bands and make sure they do not put them in their mouth while trying to plait or tie their hair!
See below for Chinese Slippers now being sold in Walmart in the US. Remember the paint on kids’ toys?
The government has to be extra careful on these cheap imports from china. These include clothes, food, toys, slippers and even glasses because the Chinese are using some strong but cheap chemical in their manufactures. Cheap is becoming expensive and at the same time fatal. These slippers are also sold in Walmart, USA and same complaints received.
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