Condom producing giants, Durex has recalled 10 batches of condoms because they might burst during sex.
The company, SSL international, warned that their 6, 12 and 18-packs of ‘Real Feel’ and latex-free condoms failed to pass tests of their burst pressure as they near their use-by date.
All the condoms were manufactured this year and are already on sales worldwide, they have an expiry date of between December 2020 and February 2021.
Durex says condoms in the batch will have more propensity to burst than others, and a health authority warns this could lead to a risk of unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.
The company has advised customers to return the products if they have already purchased it and get a refund.
The company who recalled the products on Monday, 30 July, said the recall specifically affects the non-latex Durex Real Feel and the Durex Latex Free condoms, but none of the company’s other products.
These condoms failed to pass ‘rigorous’ quality tests, the company revealed, but it says there is no immediate safety concern for customers.
Durex said: ‘Our tests have shown that some batches which are currently on the market do not pass the requirements for burst pressure towards the end of the shelf life for the product.
‘Our condoms are intended to provide a method of contraception and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through a non-latex barrier that offers a benefit to consumers sensitive to latex.
‘There could be an increase in the number of condoms that burst’
‘Only for the batches of condoms affected by this issue, there could be an increase in the number of condoms that burst during application or use.’
Durex has warned condoms in any of the following batches could break during sex, leading to an increased risk of unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections:
* Durex Real Feel 6 Pack, Batch Number 1000438054, Expiry Date Jan-2021
* Durex Real Feel 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000444370, Expiry Date Feb-2021
* Durex Real Feel 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000474804, Expiry Date Feb-2021
* Durex Latex Free 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000444367, Expiry Date Feb-2021
* Durex Latex Free 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000433145, Expiry Date Jan-2021
* Durex Real Feel 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000419930, Expiry Date Jan-2021
* Durex Real Feel 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000444367, Expiry Date Feb-2021
* Durex Real Feel 12 Pack, Batch Number 1000416206, Expiry Date Dec-2020
* Durex Real Feel 18 Pack, Batch Number 1000434066, Expiry Date Jan-2021
* Durex Real Feel 18 Pack, Batch Number 1000430479, Expiry Date Jan-2021
The batch number for condoms can be found on the bottom of the box they were bought in, or on the back of the individual foil wrappers.