We all run the risk of getting caught by the NYPD as we shop the back allies of Chinatown copping the latest Fouis Vuitton, Prawda and Feendi's, but when it comes to our health, we're not taking any chances. Thank you.
According to KTLA News in Los Angeles, some Chinese companies are making counterfeit condoms and we all know, that spell bad news.
In November, investigators in Hunan province provided details about a July raid on an underground workshop where they found laborers lubricating condoms with vegetable oil in unsterile conditions, passing off the counterfeits as high-quality-brand products. It wasn't the first such bust. Police in 2008 raided an illicit factory in Zhejiang province, seizing half a million knockoff condoms. In another case, workers recycled used condoms into hair bands in southern China.But, it gets worse.
Authorities estimate that up to a third of the contraceptives used in some parts of China are counterfeits, despite improvements in state food and drug oversight. None of the counterfeits are properly sterilized, and others are of such inferior quality that they could rupture during use. Authorities say they're all dangerous.Think you're immune since you live in the States? Um, think again.
In 2008, officials in the New York area confiscated knockoff Chinese-made goods, including millions of phony Trojan-brand condoms that were sold in small discount stores in New York, Texas and Virginia.Authorities say more than 300 manufacturers produce condoms under 1,000 brand names and more than 1 million tainted condoms are believed have been distributed around China. And we all know, many of those end up in other countries. So be careful.