When you're trying to conceive, every test is important. And we rely on home pregnancy tests to give us clear and accurate results. The home pregnancy test has come a long way, and now we have so many different types to choose from. One of the most popular tests, the digital home test, is used by millions of women around the world. It's simple, it's easy to read, and most importantly, it's accurate. At least, it should be. But as we've learned from a recall of home pregnancy tests in the UK, we can't always trust that the tests we're using are giving us the right answers.
The tests that are being recalled are the Clear & Simple digital pregnancy test. All of the affected tests belong to one specific lot. The problem with the tests is that they're giving false positives, which is you're trying to conceive, can be absolutely devastating. Imagine taking a pregnancy test and getting a positive, only to find out that the test was wrong and you aren't really pregnant. Such a heartbreaking experience.
The tests are manufactured by Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech in China, and it appears as though the faulty tests being recalled were only distributed in the UK. According to the company's statement, the affected lot is about 58,000 tests, and a small number of them were found to be defective. But even one or two faulty tests is too many. So in an abundance of caution, the company recalled the entire lot, and all products were pulled from shelves across the UK. They are currently in a warehouse waiting to be destroyed.
Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech, the company that manufactured the tests, says that the false positives are being caused by an incorrect rib height on the test strip brackets. The incorrect height causes a large gap to form between the test strip and the plastic enclosure of the test. This resulted in a change in the light path of the affected tests, which led to larger signal value that gave off false positives.
If you're in the UK or are concerned about any tests you have, the affected test is called the Clear & Simple digital pregnancy test. The lot number is DM10220170710E, and the tests expire in January 2020. The lot number can be found on the exterior of the box, as well as printed on the plastic test packaging. The recall affects only single tests as of now, not twin packs.
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