Police in eastern China have detained two suspects who allegedly made and sold more than 10 million shoddy sanitary towels across the country under popular brand names. The products, in packaging for well-known brands such as Sofy and Whisper, were made in a village workshop without sterile facilities in the city of Nanchang in Jiangxi province, news portal Ncnews.com.cn quoted authorities as saying. One of the suspects, identified as Wan, in 2013 came up with the idea of making easy money by producing counterfeit pads after his bar business failed. Report finds China-made sanitary pads safe even as women spurn them over health concerns Wan started his new business that summer, with the help of his cousin and his cousin’s relatives, renting two rooms in a high-end office building as well as a workshop and two storehouses in the village. Authorities said the production line’s hygiene standards were “extremely bad” and that the pads were likely to cause diseases if used. The packs, which usually contained 10 sanitary pads, were sold to customers for about 10 yuan (HK$11.45) each after being manufactured for just two to three yuan and sold to retailers for four to five yuan. They were mostly sold at small grocery stores in rural areas of at least 14 cities across the country, according to sales records. Wan was taken into custody last month. The report was unclear about the identity of the other person detained. An investigation is continuing.