Primark has recalled thousands of mens flip-flops on worries they contain a cancer-causing chemical

Primark has recalled thousands of men's flip-flops on worries they contain a cancer-causing chemical

British value clothing retailer Primark has recalled thousands of men's flip flops found to contain the cancer-causing chemical chrysene.

The China-made products contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including carcinogen chrysene. According to the EU's Rapex alert system, a person could be exposed if the product comes into direct and prolonged or repetitive contact with the skin.

It rates the risk level as "Serious," and adds the product does not comply with the REACH Regulation, the European chemical legislation. 

Three colours from the Cedar Wood State flip flop range, which have a PVC upper and a polyethylene sole, are being recalled with a full refund offered to anyone that has bought them.

The colour options – Khaki 02387/07, 08, 09; Black 02387/01, 02, 03; and Blue 02387/04, 05, 06 – were on sale in Primark shops between 4 January to 2 June 2017.

"It has come to our attention that the footwear product detailed above does not meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance. We have found levels of a restricted substance in the product in excess of the 1.0 mg/kg requirement," Primark said in a statement.

"With the safety of our customers and respect for the environment at the forefront of our minds we have taken the decision to recall this product and are therefore inviting you to return this item for a full refund."

Primark did not respond to requests for comment when approached by just-style.

The high-street chain reported a jump in third-quarter sales earlier this month.

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