FDA seizes substandard condoms

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has seized a large consignment of poor quality and substandard “Be Safe” condoms imported from China.

A statement signed by the Chief Executive of the FDA, Dr Stephen K. Opuni, said the packaging of the product had no manufacturer’s name and address but only an inscription- Manufactured in P.R.C.

It said seven batches of the “Be Safe” condoms failed to meet quality standards when tested at the FDA’s Medical Devices Laboratories.

“The condoms were found to contain visible holes and burst easily under pressure and thus can easily break during sexual intercourse,” it said.

The statement said users were at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, and having unwanted pregnancies and that the condoms were also of smaller-than-normal size and not adequately lubricated.

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It listed the batch numbers of the condoms as CQ20124734, CQ20124735, CQ20124739, CQ20124751, CQ20124753, CQ20124761 and CQ20124791.

It, however, pointed out that there were quality and good ‘Be Safe’ condoms on the market but cautioned the public against the use of the listed batches of the condoms.

The statement appealed to any facility having stocks of the affected batches of the condoms to hand them over to the nearest office of the FDA for safe disposal.

The FDA assured the public of continued vigilance in its enforcement activity to promote public health and safety, and appealed to the general public to provide information on individuals suspected of endangering public health and safety.