The Health Ministry is investigating a report that counterfeit Durex Featherlite condoms are being sold in Israel.

The inquiry follows a complaint from a man who said he bought the packaged fakes in Tel Aviv.

A ministry official said the package of the suspect condoms is inscribed with batch no. 0010189831, while the wrapping inside shows batch no. 001019032, rather than an identical number.

The inscription on the allegedly fake condoms is also different from the one on the original package and the wrapping has grease on it, although it is supposed to be dry.

Counterfeit Durex condoms have reportedly been marketed in Western states in recent years.

The ministry warned the public not to use the alleged fakes for fear they would not be effective in preventing the transfer of disease during sexual contact and constitute a health hazard.

A Durex spokesman said the fakes were "sold in certain kiosks and not in pharmacies."