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Primark recalls men's flip-flops - but Irish stores unaffected

The black, blue and khaki flip-flops were on sale in Primark stores between the 4 January and 2 June this year.

PRIMARK IS RECALLING a certain type of men’s flip-flops from the UK and some European stores after discovering they contain a high-amount of a dangerous chemical that breaches safety standards.

Cancer flip flops Source: Primark

The flip-flop model numbers are:

  • Khaki – 02387/07, 08, 09
  • Black – 02387/01, 02, 03
  • Blue – 02387/04, 05, 06

These were on sale in Primark stores between the 4 January 2017 and the 2 June 2017.

A spokesperson for Penneys said that stores in Ireland didn’t sell these model – so the recall doesn’t affect Irish stores.

“The products were only available in the UK and Northern Europe (Germany, Netherlands, Austria and Belgium),” a spokesperson said.

A UK Primark spokesperson told the Guardian and the BBC that the chemical in question was chrysene – a chemical commonly used in dark-coloured dyes, but that can have a carcinogenic risk to humans, according to some studies.

In a statement on the company’s website, Primark said:

“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.

“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.”

If you have purchased any of these types of flip-flops, you can return them to any Primark store to get a full refund; you won’t need to provide proof of purchase.

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