Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Concern Over ‘Counterfeit’ Condoms In T&T

Trinidad Guardian:- Coun­ter­feit con­doms are be­ing sold in T&T, one of the pop­u­lar brands avail­able lo­cal­ly has warned, say­ing that the sit­u­a­tion pos­es a threat to pub­lic health.

How­ev­er, con­tact­ed on the is­sue yes­ter­day Health Min­is­ter Ter­rence Deyals­ingh said he was un­aware of any such sit­u­a­tion tak­ing place here.

SLAM con­doms yes­ter­day placed an ad­ver­tise­ment in the news­pa­per crit­i­cis­ing the “in­fe­ri­or” coun­ter­feits and high­light­ing ways that the fakes can be de­tect­ed by con­sumers.

Gen­uine Slam con­doms are made in Thai­land by Thai Nip­pon Rub­ber Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed.

How­ev­er, the coun­ter­feits claim to be made in Chi­na.

The find­ings lo­cal­ly come six months af­ter po­lice broke up a gang mak­ing and sell­ing coun­ter­feit con­doms in east­ern Chi­na.

More than 500,000 box­es of the fakes, with a to­tal val­ue of US$ 7 mil­lion, were seized and 17 peo­ple were de­tained dur­ing those in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Coun­ter­feit Durex con­doms were among the stash found in Chi­na

“They say im­i­ta­tion is the great­est flat­tery, but coun­ter­feit prod­ucts are not just about steal­ing, they can cause re­al harm,” SLAM’s ad stat­ed.

SLAM said there are dif­fer­ences in the pack­ag­ing that will help cus­tomers dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween au­then­tic and coun­ter­feit con­doms.

“Coun­ter­feit con­doms are a se­ri­ous prob­lem for all man­u­fac­tur­ers of con­doms world­wide,” SLAM stat­ed.

“Con­doms are reg­u­lat­ed as a med­ical de­vice and un­scrupu­lous crim­i­nals are sub­sti­tut­ing in­fe­ri­or prod­ucts in­to fa­mil­iar brands. These de­vices could do harm and de­stroy the rep­u­ta­tion of es­tab­lished brands,” it stat­ed.

In the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Chi­na it was re­vealed that some of the coun­ter­feit con­doms were re­cy­cled from used ones.

SLAM said the fakes are “sim­ply sec­ond rate” and are “man­u­fac­tured to ques­tion­able stan­dards in Chi­na”.

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