Food Watch: A South African is going viral for hilariously showing how difficult Zam-Buck is to open.
Photo Cred: Zam Buk

Herman H Le Roux posted a video on Facebook last week asking the makers of Zam-Buk to please make a “user-friendly” tin.


Pretoria, South Africa (9 July 2018) – A South African man is going viral on social media for hilariously showing us all how difficult Zam-Buk is to open.

And we can all relate. Zam-Buk may be one of the most challenging containers to open.

The origins of Zam-Buk can be traced back to the early 1900s. It first appeared on Rugby and Football fields in Australia and New Zealand.

When a player would get injured first aid officers would race across the field to tend the injured player, they would quickly apply the solution to the injured area. Zam-Buk acted as an antiseptic thus cleansing the wound and eliminating the chances of the injury becoming infected.

Zam-Buk was officially patented and produced by the Zam-Buk Company of Leeds, England, founded by Charles Edward Fulford. It was first sold by his Bile Beans company in 1902, as a herbal balm and antiseptic ointment; the use of a complementary Zam-Buk soap was recommended to augment the treatment.

The ointment was advertised as being effective against a wide range of conditions, including cuts, bruises, sprains, freckles, ulcers, bleeding piles and even colds and toothache. It could also be used as an embrocation by rubbing it into the muscles of the back, legs or feet.

But Zam-Buk has become an iconic South African brand with many believing it to be a South African creation. After many hours of research, it seems the name has been attributed back to South Africa (unknown exactly) and the packaging has not changed too much in the last 100 years.

Herman H Le Roux posted a video on Facebook last week asking the makers of Zam-Buk to please make a “user-friendly” tin.

“I’ve got a big one because I love putting Zam-Buk on my lips every 5 minutes… if only I could get it open.

It’s impossible… humanly impossible to open this thing. You can have a degree in engineering, you will still not be able to open this thing.”

He tries to open it with his hands but fails hilariously, and then moves on to working with his teeth and even (almost) throwing it on the floor. Herman eventually prises the container open using a knife.

Watch the hilarious video below:

Sources: Herman H Le Roux | Facebook | Zam-Buk
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