SHANGHAI, Nov 8 (Reuters Life!) - A condom seller has been ordered to shut his shop for displaying his wares without Chinese instructions and in "inappropriate packages," including ones bearing a likeness of Mao Zedong, a state newspaper said.
The Industry and Commerce Administration in Ningbo, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, received several complaints about Zhang Zhiwen's products last month, the Shanghai Daily said.
"In a raid, the business administrator discovered that most of the condoms stored in Zhang's warehouse were unqualified as they lacked Chinese instructions," the newspaper said.
The condoms were wrapped in small metal containers decorated with funny pictures or images of historical people.
"Zhang printed China's national emblem on a condom called 'lady-killers', and on the packing of the box was the image of soldier Lei Feng and the country's late Chairman Mao Zedong," the newspaper said.
Lei Feng was a model Mao-era soldier.
Zhang, accused of violating advertising and product quality laws, defended himself, saying his condom packages were art.
"They were unimaginably hot sellers," he was quoted as saying.
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