Daylight rubbery! Chinese police busts criminal gang selling 500,000 boxes of fake ‘Durex’ worth £5.5m – with some even made from recycled USED condoms
- The counterfeit factory was using recycled rubber to make its fake condoms
- Health experts said the fake condoms could lead to bacterial or fungal infection
- Chinese authorities claim fake condoms are a major problem across the country
Chinese police have busted a criminal gang selling 500,000 boxes of counterfeit condoms worth an estimated £5.5million.
Officers arrested 17 suspected gang members across Henan, Hebei and Zhejiang provinces in eastern China.
Officials claimed the poorly-made condoms, which even included recycled rubber, presented a risk to public health.
Chinese police raided this factory which was producing 500,000 counterfeit condoms
The factory was producing counterfeit condoms using the names of well-known manufacturers such as Durex
The brands included fake boxes of Durex condoms which were sold through supermarkets, hotels and vending machines across the region.
Local police chief Zheng Xidan told the South China Morning Post: ‘We found the workshops where the suspects made those condoms in rural areas in Henan and Hebei. They were very simple and crude.
‘The hygienic conditions in those villages were very bad. We saw the condoms they were making – they blended the condoms with silicone oil in a bucket. It was totally below official manufacturing standards.’
Chinese condom maker Chen He said the conditions in the counterfeit factory were very poor as they failed to test for bacteria, fungi levels or the presence of holes.
He added: ‘Some of those cheap condoms are even recycled from used ones.’
Earlier this year, police raided one illegal operation which had produced two million fake condoms.
Chinese authorities have jailed previous gangs for up to four years.