Durex recalls Real Feel condoms in Spain over fears they could split

Durex has issued an urgent recall of 14 specific batches of its branded condoms after tests showed they “failed to meet stringent shelf-life durability tests”.

Durex recalls Real Feel condoms in Spain over fears they could split

The batches include Real Feel, Sin Latex, although others on sale in the rest of Europe have also been recalled. They include Love Collection, Natural Feeling and Natural Sensation brands of condoms.

Reckitt Benckiser, the company behind the Durex brand, issued the statement explaining the recall: “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 do not pass the requirements for burst pressure towards the end of the shelf life for the product.”

For the condoms affected, the group said, “there could be an increase in the number of condoms that burst during application or use”.

Durex added: “There is no immediate safety concern for consumers and only a limited number of batches are affected.”

Spain's Ministry of Health has published a list of all affected batches. 


Spain launches safe sex campaign as STD rates soar among millennials

Spain will launch a campaign to urge young people to "always carry a condom on them" as the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) surges, the government said Thursday.

Spain launches safe sex campaign as STD rates soar among millennials
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The news comes a week after the World Health Organization expressed alarm at the lack of progress on curbing STI or diseases (STD), with one expert warning of complacency as dating apps spur sexual activity.

In Spain, videos and ads will be posted from Monday on social networks, music platforms and media that 14- to 29-year-olds most follow, the health ministry said.

“It's normal that you want to do it in your parents' bed. What isn't normal is that you want to complicate your life,” reads one ad, going on to show the number of new cases of HIV and other infections.

In a statement, the health ministry urged “everyone — and particularly the young — to always have a condom on them and use it.”   

“The use of condoms has dropped among the 15- to 18-year-olds over the last few years,” Health Minister Maria Luisa Carcedo told reporters.   

She said there was complacency over STI, including infection by the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

The campaign is a “first shock measure” to challenge the rise of STI among young people, the statement said.   

The number of cases of gonorrhoea, for instance, has risen an average of more than 26 percent annually between 2013 and 2017, according to the ministry.   

Syphilis “has risen less but in 2017, it reached its highest peak since the start of statistics in Spain: 10.61 infections per 100,000 residents compared to 2.57 in 1995.”

The highest rates of chlamydia, meanwhile, are among 20- to 24-year-olds and particularly women, the ministry said.   

In 2017, Spain registered close to 24,000 cases of infection by gonorrhoea, syphilis, chlamydia and LGV, a sexually-transmitted disease, according to the statement.

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