Having safe sex in China may be more dangerous than you might think with a recent government inspection finding that nearly one-third of imported condoms aren’t up to safety standards.
Inspectors recently conducted spot checks on 133 batches of imported condoms and found that 43 of the batches failed to meet China’s sanitation and condom quality standards, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
That’s a 32.3% failure rate. Good news for officials trying to promote Chinese families to have more kids.
Most of the condoms were imported in from Thailand and Malaysia. They included brands like Jissbon, Elasun, Okamoto, Sixsex, Donless, One Topeak, and True Sex.
While some of the condoms lacked proper labeling, others failed inspection or burst tests, which are designed to measure the consistency of the latex, meaning that they were in danger of breaking before their expiry date. Meanwhile, 7% of the faulty condoms simply had holes in them.
Chinese young people already have a very spotty record when it comes to safe sex and alarming issues with fake and faulty condoms are not helping the problem
In 2015, Shanghai police seized 3 million fake-branded condoms that were also found to be of poor quality and contain toxic levels of heavy metals. Underground distributors had reportedly been handing them out to cheap hotels.
The year before that, a small workshop in Jiangxi province was found to have distributed 2.7 million boxes of fake condoms to cities around China. That followed a similar bust in 2013 of a Fujian fake condom factory.
Again, buying condoms cheap in China is not the best way to save money in the long run.
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