Business Day (Johannesburg) (03.29.12) - Friday, March 30,
An official with the National Consumer Commission (NCC) said
Wednesday that the agency, in response to quality complaints,
plans to independently verify the reliability of a brand of
condoms sold by a leading retailer.
The condoms, manufactured by Trust Condoms and distributed by
Pick n Pay, had been approved previously by the South African
Bureau of Standards. NCC received a complaint about bursting
condoms on Feb. 20, prompting the removal of all condoms with
that lot number from store shelves. Trust Condoms sent samples
to SABS for testing; the results showed all condoms in the lot
complied with SABS standards.
However, NCC spokesperson Mamodupi Mohlalasaid said the
commission believes the best course of action is for the
condoms to be independently reviewed, rather than for the
agency that initially approved them, SABS, to re-certify them.
"This complaint is also considered in a very serious light due
to the current AIDS pandemic in South Africa, and one
complaint may save thousands of lives," said Mohlala. "It is
within this context that the commission encourages consumers
to be vigilant in ensuring that their rights are protected."