By: Alex Temple - MSTv
Cheaply made and unsafe counterfeit condoms, primarily under the Durex company label, have been popping up strongly in the United Kingdom. As of now, no particular location of the knock-offs location has been found.
The imitations have been proven and tested not to protect users from STD's or unwanted pregnancy. However, with the problem running rampent in Great Britain, should U.S citizens be on alert?
The following excerpt comes from BBC WorldNews:
The government's health regulator has warned there are a rising number of counterfeit condoms being smuggled into to the UK.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA) claims millions have been illegally imported in the last 18 months.
Family planning experts say the bogus condoms don't provide protection against STIs or pregnancy.
Tests carried out on many of the fakes show they have a high burst rate.
Senior investigator Danny Lee-Frost said: "These products are made in the Far East for pennies and then sold over here for pounds.
"They will cut corners. They will cut costs. They will use cheaper ingredients and materials."
Counterfeiters have managed to copy major brands like Durex to convince people.
Danny Lee-Frost admitted: "They certainly look the part. Many people would think it's the proper article."
He says the best way to avoid being caught out is to make sure you buy condoms from reliable places.
"If you're not buying it from a reputable source, it's odds on that it is counterfeit and you shouldn't go anywhere near it."
With this situation running strong in the U.K., are you worried this problem could work its way to the U.S.? Is it possible that the condom you regularly use might be counterfeit?
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Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.