Council offers protection after condom seizure

By on 09/05/2011 in News

Birmingham Trading Standards are issuing a warning to the public and shop keepers to beware of apparent fake condoms which have been found recently in Birmingham shops.

The warning comes after a quantity of fake “Durexx Gossamer 3 pack” condoms were seized from a retailer in the Garretts Green area of Birmingham and were found to breach the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Head of Trading Standards Sajeela Naseer says:

“Our advice to the public is to check any condoms they have. If they have any concerns we urge people not to use them and to contact us immediately, we are particularly keen to find out where people may have bought them from. We would also ask traders to check their stocks for any suspicious supplies and if they find any, remove them immediately from sale and contact us.”

If a business sells counterfeit condoms, or is found to have them in possession with intent to supply, they may be committing a criminal offence and could have the stock seized by trading standards.
 
Officers have warned the public to be on the look out for tell-tale signs that products could be fake such as:

• ”Durexx” spelt with double “xx”
• No cellophane wrapping
• No instructions leaflet on how to use them
• No expiry date printed on the individual condom packet

Following previous incidences of fake condoms entering the supply chain in the London area, testing by safety experts revealed counterfeits typically had a failure rate 10 times higher than legitimate product.

Birmingham Trading Standards may be contacted on Birmingham Trading Standards on 0121 303 6031.

ENDS

For more information please contact Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503

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