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Condoms worth Sh10m destroyed for being ‘weak’

The Pharmacy and Poisons board on Friday destroyed packs of condoms deemed to be unsafe for public use.

The batch of Fiesta condoms is said to have failed quality tests prompting a recall.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board said its drug inspectors supervised the destruction of the condoms valued at Sh10 million.

“The recall of the affected batches of the Fiesta condoms was concluded on 11th March, 2019 upon which Pharmacy and Poisons Board Kenya directed the market authorization holder to carry out destruction of the recalled consignment under PPB supervision,” it said in a tweet.

The incarceration took place at a facility located in Athi River.

In November last year, the Health Ministry recalled Fiesta Stamina and Fiesta Big Black condoms on grounds they were substandard.

In a letter dated November 20, 2018, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board notified Cupid Limited, the product manufacturer, that tests carried found the condoms faulty.

“The batch for Fiesta Stamina failed freedom from holes test while that for Fiesta Big Black failed thickness test,” read part of the letter.

Subsequently, the company was ordered to immediately institute a recall of the affected batch and in addition, submit a recall plan within two days of the receipt of the letter.

In February 2018, a local distribution company confirmed that fake condoms are in circulation, sparking health fears.