DUREX HAS issued an urgent recall of several popular varieties of condom amid serious concerns that they could burst during use.
Batches of non-latex Durex Real Feel and Durex Latex Free condoms on sale in Ireland have been recalled by the firm after it was discovered that they had failed crucial durability tests.
Ireland's Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) first issued the recall after being notified of the issue by Reckitt Benckiser, the firm that owns Durex.
A statement from Durex read:
"The safety of our consumers always comes first, and this is reflected in our rigorous quality standards. We recently found that a limited number of the above condoms made earlier this year are not passing our stringent shelf-life durability tests.
"Our tests have shown that some batches which are currently on the market in UK & Ireland do not pass the requirements for burst pressure towards the end of the shelf life for the product."
Though Durex was keen to stress there were no major safety concerns for users, due to the limited number of batches affected, the fault could still result in a rise in the number of condoms bursting "during application or use".
The HPRA said consumers should check product batch numbers.
The following batch numbers have been recalled:
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 HPRA has advised customers worried about the recall to report their concerns to the manufacturer and to consult a doctor or pharmacist.