SABS is warning South Africans that used condoms have been reportedly reprocessed into rubber bands and hair ties and have been sold in the South Africa, raising concerns about public health safety.
Aside from being sold at local shops and flea markets, the recycled condoms have been found at local beauty salons all across the country.
The SABS says this threatens the health of consumers who are using these products and are concerned that using these hair ties and rubber bands could lead to the spread of HIV, genital warts and other STD’s.
The SABS has released this statement:
“The amount of bacteria and potential viruses on these hair ties and rubber bands, which are made from used unsanitary condoms, has 4 times the bacteria found on a public toilet. Consumers could potentially be infected with HIV, warts, herpes and other venereal diseases if they hold the rubber bands or hair ties in their mouths while setting their hair. We warn against consumers purchasing these products if they were made in China.”