Ladies (and guys with long hair), resist from buying those cheap hair bands you find at the mom and pop stores in your ‘hood because the news is out that some of them are made from USED condoms. China Daily cites an unnamed dermatologist with the Guangzhou Hospital of Armed Police who says viruses and bacteria abound on these hair bands recycled from condoms and users could be infected with AIDS, genital warts and other sexually transmitted diseases (any doctors here? How long can those viruses live outside the human body?). True or not, the thought of using anything made from somebody’s used condoms is revolting enough to make us not to want to have long hair ever.
So it does appear there’ll be no end in sight to the string of headline-hitting product scares. This year has seen quite a few high-profile ones and no we are not repeating them here again. Earlier this week, more Chinese toys were recalled in Australia and the US when they were found to contain the date rape drug, gamma hydroxy butyrate, better known as GHB (can you imagine all those poor kids getting high while playing with their toys?). What’s heartening in the latest hair band case is that the Chinese media were the first to report the problem, and not some foreign product quality authority. We will bet a million more stories are out there waiting to be told. Hopefully the authorities realise that it is way better to allow your own media to uncover those nasty stories before they make their way across the border. Honesty is still the best policy.
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