The criminals were selling 500,000 boxes of fake “Durex” condoms which were sold in supermarkets, hotels and vending machines across the country.
Alarmingly, some of the cheaply-made condoms even contained recycled rubber from used condoms.
Run out of workshops in rural areas of China, the operation was believed to be worth a total of 50 million yuan.
Local police chief Zheng Xidan told Chinese media: “We found the workshops where the suspects made those condoms in rural areas in Henan and Hebei provinces.
He went on: “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.”
Chinese condom maker Chen He said none of the knock-off rubbers had been tested for bacteria, fungi, or holes.
He added: “Some of those cheap condoms are even recycled from used ones.”
Original article appeared in the Daily Star UK.