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China's Counterfeit Condoms

Women work at a condom manufacturing factory in Qingado, China, in 2004
Women work at a condom manufacturing factory in Qingado, China, in 2004 Photograph by Palani Mohan/Getty Images

Along with fake Gucci handbags and fake Apple iPhones, add to the list of counterfeit items produced in China: fake Durex condoms. As China Daily reported Wednesday, police in Fujian province confiscated more than 2 million condoms falsely labeled as Durex, Contex, and Jissbon products, following a March 29 raid.

According to police reports cited by the newspaper, the two factory bosses had launched their counterfeit condom business in December. They purchased condoms from a factory in Hebei province and packaging materials from another factory in Guangdong province. Their small staff of workers simply put the condoms in the wrappers—some 20,000 condoms a day—and the items were then sold to small supermarkets and adult shops and through online retailers.