Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Primark recalls flip-flops over carcinogenic chemical discovery

Primark cancer scare GETTY RECALLED Primark have called in thousands of flip flops over a cancer scare
Nellie Chapman | 18 July, 2017, 11:44

Primark has recalled thousands of pairs of flip-flops after discovering they contain a chemical that can cause cancer.

"We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products, very seriously, which is why we have chosen to recall [the flip flops]", the spokesperson said.

Chrysene is often used in dark colour dyes - however it has been found to hold a carcinogenic risk to humans.

The chemical is a constituent of coal tar and tobacco smoke, and suspected to be a carcinogen.

The flip flops were on sale from 4 January to 2 June.

The discount fashion chain said it had come to its attention that the footwear "does not meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance".

A "thorough investigation" has now been launched by the shop, which confirmed it had suspended all new orders.

Primark shop
GETTY SCARE The alert involves flip flops from the store's Cedar Wood State range

The footwear was contaminated with chrysene, which can cause cancer.

The recalled flip-flops are in blue, black and khaki.

Primark said customers who purchased the product will be offered a full refund and will not be required to provide proof of purchase.

The serial numbers for the shoes under investigation are: Khaki - 02387/07, 08, 09; Black - 02387/01, 02, 03; and Blue - 02387/04, 05, 06.

The high street chain is now offering full refunds to customers.

The clothing giants recently recalled pairs of "novelty" cat leggings for children over fears they were unsafe.