A nightclub in the West Midlands has been branded “irresponsible” after handing out potentially unsafe condoms.
The Kasbah in Coventry offered students the condoms, with the club’s logo on the wrapper, as part of a Freshers’ Week promotion.
However, the prophylactics had neither the British Standards Institution of CE European Standards symbol on them.
The NHS website advises the public: “Always buy condoms that have the BSI kite mark and the CE mark on the packet. This means that they’ve been tested to high safety standards.
“Condoms that don’t have the BSI kite mark and CE mark won’t meet these standards, so don’t use them.”
Coventry Councillor Damian Gannon was among those who criticised the nightclub on Twitter, describing it was “incredibly irresponsible.”
Club bosses initially defended the giveaway, saying: “They are a novelty item given out for promotional purposes and clearly state ‘not recommended for use’ most uni students can read.”
A spokesman for the club told the Coventry Telegraph: “We sourced the condoms from a reputable manufacturer and have the full certification that they are perfectly safe to use.
“But as they were for promotional purposes and carried the Kasbah logo, we actually wanted people to keep them so they were printed with ‘not recommended for use’ on the wrapper.
“We explained this to Trading Standards when they called us but this was not reported in the media when the story was carried.
“The Kasbah is very conscious of the important role we play in maintaining the safety of young people visiting our venue and would never do anything to put this at risk.”