Counterfeit condoms detected by sniffer dogs

People may want to ensure they buy their condoms from reputable sources after it was revealed millions of fake prophylactics are being smuggled into Britain.

Sniffer dogs are being used by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Agency to detect counterfeit packets after customs officials found it increasingly difficult to figure out which were real or not.

There are fears people using the fake products may be unwittingly placing themselves at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, while the condoms might also contain substances that are produced in unhygienic settings.

Danny Lee-Frost, who is leading the investigation against the counterfeit goods, said: "They are made in the Far East for pennies, then sold here for pounds. It's vital people buy condoms from reputable retailers."

Paul Maddox, a dog trainer explained dogs are able to sense fake sheaths in a way that humans cannot, although he admitted fake condoms are a problem he has never heard of before.