'Sub-standard' condoms found

2009-08-03 15:32

Lusaka - Two brands of condoms sold in Zambia, 'Evolution' and 'Hot', have had batches pulled off the shelves after they were found to have holes in them, a Zambia Bureau of Standards official said on Monday.

"The two brands of condoms have been withdrawn for failing to meet the critical electrical freedom from holes test. The tests were done over a period of time and the rejection notice has already been written," ZABS spokesperson Dingase Makumba said.

Makumba told AFP that a consignment of 59 cartons of 'Hot' condoms as well as 59 cartons of 'Evolution' failed to meet the ZABS requirement and urged condom users to be alert when buying the products in future.

"Consumers should be alert each time they are buying the products and the testing that we did was in our continued effort to ensure that substandard and unsafe products were kept out of customers' hands," Makumba said.

The condoms are manufactured by a United Kingdom-based firm and the tests were performed in the past two weeks.

Zambia's HIV prevalence rate has dropped from 16% of the 12 million population in 2006 to 14% in 2009, with the government advocating condom use to reduce infections.