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29 August 2007

Millions of condoms recalled

The number of condoms collected by the health department rose to 4.5 million on Tuesday after condoms from a batch of 20 million were recalled because of quality concerns.

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The number of condoms collected by the health department rose to 4.5 million on Tuesday after condoms from a batch of 20 million were recalled because of quality concerns.

Health spokesman Sibani Mngadi said: "We will continue to do our best to collect them."

He said the number of condoms collected had risen from 3.6 million to 4.5 million.

Faulty condoms may break
Dangers associated with using the condoms varied from discomfort to the possibility of the condoms breaking.

Mngadi urged the public to contact the AIDS helpline on 0800-012-322 if they were concerned that they may have used the condoms being recalled.

The recalled condoms can be identified by their batch number: 4308/ZLX.

Bribery suspected
Employees of the company that supplied the condoms, Zalatex, are suspected of having bribed an official of the SA Bureau of Standards to approve condoms that did not meet quality standards.

Three people, two Zalatex employees and one SABS employee, have been implicated in the scam.

Mngadi on Monday said the department had decided to recall condoms supplied by the company as a precautionary measure.

Zalatex contract will be terminated
"The Department of Health will no longer be procuring condoms from the company and will be working together with National Treasury in an effort to terminate the contract with the company," he said.

Zalatex is one of seven companies awarded a tender to produce male condoms for government distribution.

Zalatex received a nine percent stake of the total amount of 850 million condoms over two years, ending February 2008.

While at least seven million condoms are a subject of the case of possible collusion between the company employees and the official of the SABS, the department of health is recalling all 20 million condoms that have been supplied by Zalatex since it was awarded the contract. – (Sapa) Read more:
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