While there has been an admirable push in recent months for greater sexual health in China, with employers and universities giving away free condoms, manufacturers aren’t yet up to task. Shanghai Daily reports that one-tenth of condoms failed quality tests carried out by Guangdong authorities.
The Guangdong Food and Drug Administration checked 109 batches of natural latex rubber condoms, and 11 were found to be substandard, it announced on its website yesterday.
Ten batches had quality problems involving a pinhole, while the others failed as a result of bursting.
Brands included Sixsex of Jissbon, Meini, Jiayuan and Jiayuan. They were produced by companies in Hebei, Guangdong and Shandong provinces.
Manufacturers have been ordered to recall products found to be faulty and institute more stringent internal testing procedures.
In March, a factory in Fujian producing knock-off prophylactics was raised by authorities and over two million condoms were seized. Fake condoms had been sold to small shops and pharmacies and on Taobao.
Fake condoms produced in China have also turned up in Ghana, where they have proved a serious problem for authorities after they ended up being distributed by state-run clinics.
Maybe next time you’re on a visa or milk-powder run to Hong Kong, pick up some condoms too. Or, if you’re in Shanghai, our friends at Guangxi.me are giving away free (and safe) condoms from their offices.