32.3% of Popular Imported Condom Brands Fail to Pass China’s Quality Tests

On February 20, Chinese media reported that the Quality Supervision Department found that 32.3% of the imported condoms on which they performed random inspections did not pass quality tests. The results both worry and confuse Chinese netizens.

According to China’s National Business Daily and other Chinese state media, an astounding 32.3% of imported condoms tested for quality standards were found inadequate over the past year.

China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision did a random inspection of 133 batches of imported condoms in 2016.

The 32.3% that did not pass the safety requirements included brands such as Jissbon (杰士邦), Okamoto (冈本), True SEX, Donless (多乐士), Elasun (尚牌), Six Sex (第6感), Nox (诺丝), One Topeak (1号巅峰), and others. The majority of these brands are imported from Japan, but also from Malaysia or Thailand.

The main failures were related to loss of effectiveness/strength before the expiry date, or a problem with packaging not meeting the standards for the Chinese market.

One of the brands included in the list, Okamoto, also produces Rilakkuma “Honey” Condoms – Japanese kawaii condoms that look more like candies than contraceptive.

On Weibo, news of the high percentage of unqualified condoms was a cause of concern to many: “This makes me nervous,” some netizens said, mentioning the risk of unwanted pregnancy and STDs.

Many commenters also found that the report was not informative enough, wondering about the full list of brands, and wanting to know the reasons why the concerning brands did not qualify.

“Is Durex still ok?”, some asked. People also asked how they could find out if they purchased potentially unsafe condoms.

“You first make me buy these condoms for a long time, and now you’re saying they’re not safe, what is this supposed to mean?”, one man from Jiangxi said.

Some netizens also joked that these unqualified condoms were helping to fix China’s need for higher birth rates: “Foreigners are secretly contributing to China’s ‘Two Child Policy’,” they said.

– By Manya Koetse
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About the author: Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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