Condom manufacturer Durex has recalled some of its products sold in Australia over fears they could split.
The company says its in-house testing showed non-latex, Real Feel condoms failed pressure tests after heat treatment that simulated three years of shelf-life ageing.
The product is not likely to meet the “rigorous” quality standards close to the end of its shelf life in 2021.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said the affected condoms come from batch number 1000432443, expiry date January 2021.
The TGA said there had been no “adverse events” reported in Australia relating to this batch of condoms.
It said the product was distributed to retailers from May 8, 2018 until June 25, 2018.
Durex said it believes only one batch of the product was affected and there were no immediate safety concerns.
It followed similar moves by the company in the UK and Ireland on Tuesday, where 10 batches were recalled for not passing “stringent shelf life tests”.
A statement on the company’s UK website advised customers to see a doctor or pharmacist if a condom leaked or burst during use.
“Our condoms are intended to provide a method of contraception and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through a non-latex barrier that offers a benefit to consumers sensitive to latex,” the statement read.
“Only for the batches of condoms affected by this issue, there could be an increase in the number of condoms that burst during application or use.”