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Durex South Africa is investigating its condoms – after faulty batches were found with 'burst pressure' issues

Business Insider SA
  • Durex South Africa is investigating its Real Feel condoms after batches were recalled in Europe and Singapore. 
  • The recalled condoms had "burst pressure" issues and did not pass "shelf durability tests." 
  • Durex said the compromised condom batches were not distributed in South Africa. 

Durex South Africa is "assessing the situation" on its Real Feel condoms after batches were recalled in Germany, Britain and Singapore over “burst pressure” issues.

“There is no safety concern for consumers at the moment, and therefore no market action is required,” Reckitt Benckiser, the company which owns Durex, told Business Insider South Africa. 

“We are working closely with the relevant regulatory authorities." 

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Thousands of Durex condoms have been recalled in other countries over concerns over their shelf-life.

“We recently found that a limited number of non-latex Real Feel condoms made earlier this year are not passing our stringent shelf-life durability tests,” the company said in a statement. 

“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.”

But Reckitt Benckiser said the compromised batches were not distributed in South Africa. 

“Each country has a unique situation with regards to the specific batches they have sold,” Reckitt Benckiser said.

“There is no immediate safety concern for [South African] consumers and only a limited number of batches are affected.” 

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