Durex issues a recall of Real Feel condoms in Canada over ‘burst pressure’ fears at the end of their shelf-life


The Canadian manufacturer of a popular condom brand is issuing a recall of specific batches returned over durability concerns.

RB Health (Canada) Inc., Durex’s parent company, issued the recall of their ‘Real Feel’ brand on Thursday, stating that the condoms in question did not pass its ‘stringent shelf-life durability tests.’ 

‘There is no immediate safety concern for consumers and only specific batches are affected,’ the company wrote on their website. ‘We are working closely with the Health Canada and have decided to recall affected batches.’

The condoms are ‘not expected to meet the registered burst pressure specification at end of shelf-life’ according to the alert issued by Health Canada, the Canadian public health department.

Durex claims that the condoms are currently safe, but purchasers should still return unused products for a refund or exchange

Durex claims that the condoms are currently safe, but purchasers should still return unused products for a refund or exchange

On July 30, Durex recalled 10 batches of condoms in the UK over burst pressure concerns as well. Those condoms had also failed to pass ‘rigorous’ quality tests.

‘There is no reason to be worried,’ Durex insists in addressing concerns by consumers who may have already used the condoms under recall.

The company maintains that the products are safe to use as directed, but customers should stop using them and avail themselves of the recall.

If one of its condoms were to burst, however unlikely, it would increase the risk of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy.

Customers will be given a choice of a full refund or an ‘alternative products of at least the same value.’

Batches of Durex 'Real Feel'  20 count (left) and 10 count (right) are subject to the recall

Batches of Durex ‘Real Feel’  20 count (left) and 10 count (right) are subject to the recall

The specific batch numbers can be found on the bottom of the box packaging of Durex condoms

The specific batch numbers can be found on the bottom of the box packaging of Durex condoms

Batch numbers can also be find on the foil packaging of the condoms themselves

Batch numbers can also be find on the foil packaging of the condoms themselves.

  • Durex Real Feel(R) Extra Lubricated 10ct, batch number 1000443254 
  • Durex Real Feel(R) 20ct, batch number 1000356816.