Bargain pregnancy kit costing just 50p under investigation by health watchdog for accuracy

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Scrutiny: The Fastresults kits claim to be 99% accurate (posed by model)

A pregnancy testing costing just 50p is being investigated by a Government health watchdog.

The 'two-for-a-pound' tests claims to be more than 99 per cent reliable, despite costing just a fraction of those already on the market.

But last night fertility experts questioned whether a cut in price also meant a cut in accuracy.

The FastResults ‘extra double value’ packs, which are being sold at Poundworld, carry the CE mark - the sign they have met the European safety standards.

But the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority confirmed it had launched an probe into the Chinese-made kits.

A spokesman said: 'There are currently ongoing investigations into this product.

'If people are concerned about results obtained from the kits they should go and see their doctor.'

The kits are produced in China by a company called Shanghai Chemtron Biotech Co. Ltd and imported by ITP imports, of Birdstall, West Yorkshire. ITP Imports share an address with Poundworld's head office.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards confirmed that their safety team had also investigated the kits, but that the investigation had been passed on to the MHRA.

Their spokesman said: 'This product is classed as a medical device and therefore needs to be approved and licensed.'

Pregnancy testing kits vary in price but 50p is the cheapest on the market. Most cost around £10.

A spokesman for the Family Planning Association said it was unable to comment while the product was still under investigation.

He added: 'If women are worried about the cost of a pregnancy test, free pregnancy testing is available from contraceptive clinics, general practices and some NHS walk-in centres.'

Poundworld's spokesman Mark Ward said: 'We are currently assisting the MHRA with their investigation in respect of certain items.

'The nature of their enquires relates to certain issues regarding the packaging and labelling of products rather than the specific safety of these items.

'As no issues regarding safety have ever been raised at any stage the company has decided not to issue a product recall at this time.

'The items in question are supplied to us by a high quality supplier of all medical-related products who are fully accredited and registered for the supply of such goods.

'They have assured us that all of their products are fully tested and compliant with all relevant safety legislation.

'The sale of certain items within our medical range has been suspended temporarily purely as a holding measure whilst the labelling issues have been resolved.

'We are, of course, monitoring closely this situation and should the need arise we are in a position where we can issue a recall swiftly and cease the ongoing supply of the items.'

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