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Majority of condoms sold in erotica stores `not legal'

CHECK THAT LABEL The study found products that were incorrectly labeled, past their expiration date and some that failed to list their fragrance ingredients

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Consumers' Foundation chairman Cheng Jen-hung speaks at a press conference yesterday to warn consumers that many condoms sold in Taipei City and Taipei County had passed their expiration date or were improperly labeled.

PHOTO: SUNG CHIH-HSIUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

As much as 88 percent of condoms sold in adult erotic stores have not passed inspections by the health authorities, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the Consumers' Foundation ahead of Valentine's Day.

The foundation examined 25 condom brands purchased from 11 stores in Taipei City and Taipei County on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4.

While all brands of condoms sold on the market are required to be registered with the Department of Health as a medical product and to display a license code on their packaging, the survey found that 18 of the surveyed products did not carry a license code and four others carried codes that did not belong to their brands.

Only two types of condoms were labeled with all the information required by the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law (藥事法): Name and address of the manufacturer, name of the product and its license code, date of manufacture, shipment identification number and expiration date.

The labeling of six condom packages was inconsistent in terms of the manufacturing and expiration dates given on their inner and outer packaging, while four others were past their expiration dates, the foundation found.

Among the 18 condoms with fragrances that were sampled, 12, or 67 percent, either did not indicate their ingredients at all or did not clearly label their ingredients, the survey said.

The chairman of the Consumers' Foundation, Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏), urged the Department of Health to step up its inspection of condoms and to fine those manufacturers who fail to comply with the regulations.

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