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Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

18 Apr

“Ghana facing ‘major public health issue’ after condoms supplied to health service found to contain                   holes and burst easily”

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Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily. More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

“When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA.

But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out,” said Amedzro.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. “There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous.”

The companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

“This is a major public health issue because of the implications,” said Amedzro. “People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern.”

SOURCE: TheGuardian.co.uk

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One response to “Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

  1. Besafe

    April 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Dear Sir or Madam
    We are producers of BeSafe® condoms and till today we have not sold/sent any condoms to Ghana. We have realized that fake condoms in the name of Be Safe have been imported to Ghana. Those fake Condoms are not related to Besafe corporation Limited and we would very much appreciate it if you kindly explain that.
    As you can imagine, we take great pride in the high quality of our condoms which are manufactured to exceptionally high standards and rigorously tested. In fact, our manufacturing process is identical to the one used by the worlds leading manufacturer of condoms. We also only use the highest quality latex at BeSafe and have done so since 2007. All of our products meet the requirements of ISO 4047:2002 (Performance Requirements, Design Requirements, Packaging Requirements and Compliance Testing) In addition, all of our products are manufactured to ISO 9001:2008 quality standard and have been awarded the CE mark that confirms our condoms can prevent disease (Medical Devices Directive 93/42/EEC CE 0120). It is clearly unfair that our brand comes under questioning by those who misused BeSafe (Be Safe) name.
    Our new condoms are ready to launch. We have two types of condoms already available and every four months a new type will be introduced. We will also be producing Sun cream and Hand sanitizer as well as surgical gloves and examination gloves for the health care industry.
    We really need you help to explain the mix up to our customers.Again thank you for your kind help

    Yours Sincerely,
    http://www.besafe.me

     

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