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Condom Recycling Factory Busted

Newser — Rob Quinn

Police in Vietnam have busted a factory that took recycling one step too far. Some 345,000 used condoms were seized from the factory near Ho Chi Minh city, where they had been boiled, reshaped with a wooden phallus, and packaged for resale, Reuters reports.

According to state media, the 34-year-old woman who owned the factory said it had received a "monthly input of used condoms from an unknown person." Health officials said the recycled rubbers posed an "extreme health risk" to users, reports the AP.

The factory was raided after a tip from a local resident. Police said the factory owner told them she was paid 17 cents per kilogram of recycled condoms.

She has been detained and authorities are seeking other people involved in the operation.

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