Durex is recalling batches of its ‘Real Feel’ condoms after the company found some weren’t passing ‘stringent shelf-life durability tests’. Oops.
If you’re anywhere in the US or UK it’s unlikely you need to worry as RB Health (Canada) – the parent company behind Durex – is only recalling specific Canadian batches.
In a statement on Durex’s website, it says: “There is no immediate safety concern for consumers and only specific batches are affected. We are working closely with the Health Canada and have decided to recall affected batches.”
Durex has released the batch numbers for the Durex Real Feel® Extra Lubricated 10ct condoms and they are (drum roll…) UPC 0 67981 98715 7 (batch number 1000443254) and the Durex Real Feel® 20ct condoms UPC 0 67981 97177 4, (batch number 1000356816).
In order to see if your condoms are faulty, you can match the batch numbers up to the number on the bottom of the box, or on the back of the foil wrapper.
According to an alert issued by Health Canada – the Canadian public health department – the condoms are ‘not expected to meet the registered burst pressure specification at end of shelf-life’.
On its website, the company has said all unused condoms can be returned – including the ones that are left if a couple are missing from their packet.
People who may have used some of the condoms from these particular batches ‘shouldn’t be worried’ though. Oh good.
However, in the unlikely situation the johnnies do burst during sex – as per the current risk – it would increase the risk of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy.
This is the second time in 2018 Durex has had to issue a product recall after admitting in July that certain batches of its’Real Feel’ and latex-free condoms has to be taken back.
The company had said these kinds of condoms were at risk of breaking during use, even before their expiry date. Eek.
All condoms have an expiry date after which the company cannot guarantee they’ll do the job they’re supposed to, but Durex recalled these particular batches, sold in the UK and Ireland, after they failed tests.
Important advice klaxon: it’s always best to check the expiry date on the packet and you aren’t advised to use condoms past their date.
So don’t say we didn’t warn you.