September 24, 2020 – Vietnamese police from Hanoi, Vietnam, said they are in the process of starting an investigation of a factory that was found recycling about 320,000 used condoms for resale, the local media reported Thursday.
Following up on a tip from a local resident, Binh Duong, provincial market inspectors over the weekend raided a factory near Ho Chi Minh City. Upon the raid they unearthed used condoms that were being repacked for sale at the market, the state-owned Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
A market inspector said the owner of the factory, who is a 34-year-old woman, confessed that they bought the used condoms from a man within the province. The condoms were washed, reshaped, and then packed into plastic packages, the newspaper stated.
The newspaper then stated that the police announced they will begin investigating and tracking down others involved in the operation. A call to police from the newspaper for comment was not answered Thursday.
The newspaper also quoted a health official who said the recycled condoms posed an extreme health risk to users.