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An estimated 2.7 million boxes of fake condoms are believed to have been sold in the capital and other areas in China. The ‘upscale’ condoms that cost less than the packaging itself were produced in a hundred square meter workshop in Jiangxi.
According to reports, the inferior brand condoms are already circulating through Jiangsu, Shandong, Guangdong, Jiangxi, Henan, Hebei and Beijing and are part of a 21.7 million yuan operation.
On May 28 of last year, food and drug administration law enforcement officers found that some of the condoms appeared “odd” during an inspection in a health product shop in the Suyu district of Jiangsu province, and decided to further investigate.
Soon they were able to trace where the fake goods had come from and on June 3, 2013, authorities seized over 7,000 boxes of fake condoms while detaining a man named Zhao and one more suspect in charge of the operation. The men admitted to manufacturing condoms with simple counterfeiting tools and selling them under illegal registration card numbers and names.
Police recently captured nine more suspects carrying out the operation, and have busted a manufacturing base, seven storage dens while foiling the group’s sales network across the country.
Last year, after authorities carried out a massive raid on a workshop in Fujian producing fake brand-name condoms, Shanghaiist reached out to Dr. Richard Saint Cyr, who blogs about health issues in China at My Health Beijing and is a health columnist for the Chinese edition of the New York Times.
On the hazards of using knockoff condoms:
“Low quality condoms are always a bad idea. As with anything in China, you get what you pay for. Even if they don’t obviously break or slip off, which they often do, they could be filled with tiny holes you can’t see but still are large enough for viruses and bacteria to leak through.” he said.
By Isabel Quan