Durex Recalls ‘Real Feel’ And ‘Latex Free’ Condoms After They Fail ‘Burst Test’
It’s rare that a product is recalled because it lives up to its name too much, but this seems to be the case when it comes to a batch of Durex ‘Real Feel’ and ‘Latex Free’ condoms.
Retailers have recalled the johnnies after they failed an all important ‘burst test’, because a burst condom is about as much use as a chocolate kettle – except with a chocolate kettle you’ll just end up with a messy kitchen counter, whereas with a burst condom you could quite possibly end up with an unwanted pregnancy or an STI.
A batch of Durex Real Feel condoms have been withdrawn. Credit: Durex
A batch of the manufacturer’s latex-free condoms has also been withdrawn and Tesco has displayed warning signs in its windows, advising customers to check the batch code.
So, for those of you who may have purchased the now-recalled condoms, here are the batches you need to check for:
– Real Feel 12-pack, batch code 1000444370, expiry date Feb 2021
– Latex Free 18-pack, batch code 1000430479, expiry date Jan 2021
If you’ve already used one, then you might want to consider getting yourself a pregnancy test kit. Indeed, the company has advised people who have used a split condom to seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist within 72 hours.
Latex free condoms have also been withdrawn. Credit: Durex
You can also return the faulty condoms… though probably not the used ones.
Durex said: “Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC are recalling certain batches of Durex Real Feel and the Durex Latex Free condoms.
“They recently found that a limited number of the above condoms are not passing their stringent shelf-life durability tests as they fail the requirements for the burst pressure towards the end of their shelf life.”
The latest product withdrawal is part of a wider recall that was initiated last July.
He might want to check that before he pops it on his head. Credit: PA
A statement on the Durex website read: “Our condoms are intended to provide a method of contraception and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections through a non-latex barrier that offers a benefit to consumers sensitive to latex.
“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 if your non-fault condoms are failing your own personal burst test, then you may want to consider purchasing the G31 – ‘the world’s largest condom’, which was released last year and is almost 10 inches long.
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