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Swedish authorities put off by PutOn condoms

TT/The Local · 13 Oct 2010, 10:02

Published: 12 Oct 2010 17:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Oct 2010 10:02 GMT+02:00

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Accordingly, the agency ruled that the brand does not meet Swedish safety requirements after an inspection showed it falls short of the demands for the CE marking certifying that a product has met EU consumer safety, health or environmental requirements.

As a result, the agency advises against using the product.

"No freestanding organisation has examined the product, so no one knows if the condoms comply with standards. It is serious from a public health standpoint," investigator Gert Bruse told the TT news agency.

Malmö company Sibbarps International markets and sells the product in Sweden.

A representative from the company told The Local the company plans to appeal the decision, claiming it is based on "faulty information."

The agency examined the contents of a certificate from a certification body named TÜV SÜD. According to the certificate, the manufacturer of the product is a Chinese company called Yun Hai and a German company is its authorised representative in Europe.

In a written declaration, TÜV SÜD testified that it does not recognise the Chinese company and that the presented certificate is a forgery.

In a statement, Sibbarps spokesperson Ted Wendt explained that the CE mark had mistakenly been produced for Yun Hai, a subsidiary of PutOn manufacturer Dong Yang Songpu Latex (Jinzhou), which holds European certification.

Wendt explained that the mistake was only brought to Sibbarps' attention on October 5th and that the company was told it had three weeks to fix the problem, which it is in the process of doing.

The agency's decision to announce a sales suspension after only one week stunned Sibbarps.

"We welcome the Medical Products Agency work in general and its review of condoms in particular. But are they really reacting correctly? To enact a sales ban for a produce before the time to lodge an appeal and show proper documentation has as run out can't be right," Wendt said.

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According to Wendt, the condom market in Sweden is dominated by a single supplier who has "almost a monopoly position," which has limited choice and high prices for Swedish condom consumers. He added that the sales ban was a "catastrophe" for a newcomer to the market like PutOn.

"We promise to do everything to give the consumer better products and more alternatives," Wendt said.

According to vendor information on the internet, PutOn is sold both in three-packs and together with a vibrator ring, the latter marketed under the product name RockOn. Both products are available for sale in VendOn vending machines, which stock one or both products.

The agency's decision to issue a sales ban on PutOn products applies whether they are sold separately or in combination with another product.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:42 October 12, 2010 by Tanskalainen
The Put Ons are probably way too big for Swedes anyway. Except of course for the SD men.
22:55 October 12, 2010 by Jack123
@ Tanskalainen : One question How idiotic are you ? Like on a scale from one to ten.
22:58 October 12, 2010 by ww77ww
We are so lucky China is allowed to exist on a level playing field. Wonderful responsible products
23:28 October 12, 2010 by Tusker
Any idiot could tell you Chinese condoms don't work properly.......that's why there is over a billion people in their country!
23:50 October 12, 2010 by RememberAisha

Pay no attention to Tanskalainen, he's just upset that condoms cover him... and others like him.

00:56 October 13, 2010 by Swedesmith
i used one of those condoms once. Couldn't figure it out, the instructions were in Chinese.
13:38 October 13, 2010 by Youdee
@Tanskalainen. My Swedish husband had the reverse experience from another brand while we were travelling around central and southern Europe.

Do you know what he said when he discovered they were too small? "You think we can return them and get our money back." ;-)
15:43 October 13, 2010 by Roy E
After the incident of pet food poisoned by Chinese ingredients killing everybody's pets, who could trust such a Chinese product in the first place?
15:58 October 13, 2010 by Tanskalainen
Jack123 (Is that a nick name or a daily activity?) Your upset, I touched a raw nerve. Calm down, it's o.k., wipe your eyes. Find RememberAisha and go sit down and have a nice pee together.
17:22 October 13, 2010 by pantheratigris
@Roy E

If they were so unscrupulous as to poison their own children with the tainted milk formula, do you think they'd give a damn about pets?
17:56 October 14, 2010 by banuazizi
Anyone has any idea why condoms are so expensive here ? Like are they silver coated or something ? And you can't easily find good brands like Durex.
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