A WAVE of panic gripped some pleasure seekers in the country amid reports that Durex a�� a�?the Worlda��s No.1 branda�? for condoms had recalled several batches of one of its production lines after they failed shelf-life durability tests.
The reports, which the renowned condom manufacturer confirmed on their website that the batches were only recalled in Singapore, went on to cause panic in the country with hundreds of people taking to social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp sensationally expressing the risk of using Durex condoms.
According to Durex website, the recall, initiated on 1 Aug, involves three batches of non-latex Real Feel condoms with the batch numbers 1000433144, 1000438055 and 1000422259.
a�?We recently found that a limited number of non-latex Real Feel condoms made earlier this year are not passing our stringent shelf-life durability tests,a�? Durex said in the notice, adding that it decided to recall the affected batches after working with regulatory authorities.
There is no immediate safety concern for consumers and only the three batches listed are affected, it added.
The condom manufacturing company also said customers who have purchased condoms with the batch numbers listed can get a refund.
A local pharmacist who spoke to B-Metro confirmed that the reports being sensationalised on social media were inconveniencing their business on Durex condoms.
a�?From the day the reports went abuzz on social media that Durex had recalled several batches of one of its condoms in Singapore after they failed to pass shelf-life durability tests, people started shunning the condoms (Durex) which have always been on demand.
a�?The reports have also affected confidence in which people long held in Durex condoms leading to a run on other condoms,a�? said a pharmacist who preferred anonymity for professional reasons.
According to online reports Durex also recently recalled some batches of its Real Feel condoms in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to concerns they may be close to the end of their shelf life.
Research has shown that condoms become prone to fail when their structural integrity is compromised and the risk of using the expired ones is more than just unwanted pregnancy but it can also lead to the transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs).