Chinese condom maker barred over concerns in Africa

A woman browses items for sale beside a shelf of condoms at a supermarket in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Henan authorities have ordered a condom maker to suspend sales of its products, recently found to be problematic in Ghana, because they could tarnish the reputation of Chinese exports to Africa. The Henan Food and Drug Administration launched a product quality probe and banned the sale of condoms made by the Xibei Latex Company.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 3:59am

Ghana seizes a million faulty Chinese condoms

Ghana is facing a "major public health issue" after condoms made in China and supplied to the west African country's health service were found to contain holes and burst easily.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:59am

Malaysia condom maker mixes business and pleasure

A Karex worker checks randomly selected condoms for leakage.

The array of cheeky condoms on Goh Miah Kiat’s desk -- multi-coloured, textured and flavoured -- would make most business executives blush.

They come with grape and strawberry flavours, pleasure-boosting textures, barber pole-like striping, a “Baggy” model and its opposite, the missile-shaped “Powershot.”

22 Mar 2013 - 3:38pm

Los Angeles porn makers vow to fight new condom law

Porn film producers have vowed to challenge a new law requiring actors in adult movies to wear condoms while performing on set in Los Angeles County.

The Free Speech Coalition, the trade group that represents the adult film industry, said mandatory condoms would render porn filmmaking "untenable".

9 Nov 2012 - 3:41am

Volunteers face a testing time

Condom maker Durex is asking volunteers to test its products. For your pleasure, you will be provided with three different types of condoms, a vibrating ring - don't ask me how it works - and a lubricant that heats up on contact. You and your partner probably need to fill in a questionnaire afterwards.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

TVs, condoms, voodoo dolls - what a Cup spree

The city's economy has already scored a World Cup goal, with shoppers going on a spending spree for everything from condoms featuring their favourite teams to flat-screen televisions.

With soccer's biggest tournament kicking off on Friday, shops, advertisers and bookmakers are forecasting record profits as the game becomes an obsession during the next few weeks.

4 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Nudge nudge, wink wink

Recent surveys tell us Hong Kong women are more liberated than ever in the bedroom. This must be true because CitySeen was browsing through the Watson's store in Pacific Place and, lo and behold, we discovered on its shelves a row of, um, personal devices that vibrate.

20 Sep 2005 - 12:00am


We know that business cards are supposed to give a sense of who you are but it looks like condom maker Durex's marketing executives are giving away their male essences.

9 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Top health official refuses to rubber stamp 'poisonous' condoms

The new product, said to prolong sex, can be sold only in registered pharmacies

Health authorities are refusing to stretch the law and have labelled a new 'long-lasting' condom poisonous.

8 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Durex gunning for James Bond

James Bond is involved in a courtroom battle with a renowned British firm for the title of China's condom king.

In the red corner is the Wuhan firm named James Bond, or Jissbon in Chinese, one of the top domestic producers, while in the blue corner the 70-year-old London International Latex Company, which makes Durex.

24 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Most opt for shopping over love-making as SAR's libido shrivels in downturn, poll reveals

Hard-working Hong Kong people prefer to shop or visit friends than have sex - and on the rare occasions they are in the mood they would rather make love in the office, a survey released yesterday showed.

28 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Condom dispensers save face

Residents of the capital's hi-tech and university quarter will have a new face-saving way to buy condoms next month when the district installs 500 vending machines to promote birth control and safe sex.

22 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Economic recovery puts spark into SAR love-lives

Updated at 5.09pm: Hong Kong couples are having sex far more often than they were two years ago, according to figures released on Tuesday showing that the economic recovery has put the spark back into locals' love-lives.

17 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Stamps show we've got the opposition licked

Have you seen our new $1.30 stamp yet? Under the words 'Hong Kong, China' is a colourfully drawn cityscape, with boat-plied waters in the foreground.

How nice.

But we were a little puzzled by the skyline.

6 Jul 1999 - 12:00am