Trying to practise safe sex in China might be a risky act – after more than 30 per cent of imported condoms checked last year failed quality checks and many were found with holes, according to the authorities. Among spot checks conducted on 133 batches of imported condoms, 43 – or 32.3 per cent of them – failed to meet China’s sanitation and condom quality standards, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on Monday. The problematic condoms were imported from six countries, mostly Malaysia and Thailand, and covered more than 30 brands, the administration said. These brands included Okamoto, Jissbon, Sixsex, Elasun and Donless. Laboratory results showed almost half of all the condoms examined either failed the inspection’s “burst test” or came without proper labelling of its manufacturers and distributors. Beijing targets unsafe sex among men in HIV campaign but obstacles remain The “burst test” measures the consistency of the latex – the material used to make the condom – based on how much air can be blown into the condom without it bursting. Around 7 per cent of the faulty condoms had holes, the administration said. A couple from Nanchang, eastern Jiangxi province, found needle holes in almost every condom they opened from a batch they had bought from a vending machine, local broadcaster Jiangxi TV reported. Chinese man pledges love with 999 boxes of condoms, bouquet fashioned from G-strings Water leaked from those condoms when they tested it under a tap, the report said. The local authorities are investigating the maker of those condoms, according to the report.