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Camden seizes fake condoms

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Camden LBC has seized hundreds of counterfeit condoms following a tip-off from a disgruntled member of the public.

Trading standards officers confiscated 75 packets of condoms from three shops.

The discovery has prompted officers to launch a wider search of the borough, and alert colleagues in neighbouring Hackney and Islington LBCs.

The Medical & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been brought in to help discover where the fakes came from. Seven brands of fake three-packs are believed to be in circulation in London.

Counterfeit condoms can be identified by looking at the packet's batch number. Durex, which allocates a batch number to each packet, confirmed the numbers were false and had not been issued by the company.

Camden's executive member of environment Mike Greene (Con) said: "We would urge residents to buy condoms from a reputable chemist. We would also encourage shopkeepers to buy condoms from legitimate sources or face a hefty fine."

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