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Primark recalls men’s flip flops over cancer chemical



  • Retailer recalls men's Cedar Wood State flip flops over cancerous chemicals
  • Primark discovered the footwear contain chrysene that is known to cause cancer
  • It comes after pairs of children's  leggings were taken off sale over safety fears 

By Stewart Paterson For Mailonline

Published: 04:08 EDT, 17 July 2017 | Updated: 04:13 EDT, 17 July 2017

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Primark is recalling thousands of men's flip's flops after it was discovered they contain unsafe levels of a cancer-causing chemical. 

Three versions of the Cedar Wood State footwear are affected by the alert, which had been on sale until June 2. 

The cause for concern is the presence of a chemical called chrysene, which studies have found to cause cancer. 

Primark has halted all orders with the factory ahead of an investigation. 

The men's flip flops that are being recalled have been taken off sale and Primark has halted all orders with the factory ahead of an investigation 
The men's flip flops that are being recalled have been taken off sale and Primark has halted all orders with the factory ahead of an investigation 

The men's flip flops that are being recalled have been taken off sale and Primark has halted all orders with the factory ahead of an investigation 

A Primark spokesman said: 'We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products, very seriously, which is why we have chosen to recall three men’s flip flops from our Cedar Wood State range. 

'A full refund is being offered to all customers.'

It is the third product recall Primark has issued in less than half a year.  

It comes after the clothing giant recalled pairs of 'novelty' cat leggings for children, over fears they were unsafe. 

It comes after the clothing giant had to recall pairs of children's cat leggings because a bow attached to them was a potential chocking hazard 
It comes after the clothing giant had to recall pairs of children's cat leggings because a bow attached to them was a potential chocking hazard 

It comes after the clothing giant had to recall pairs of children's cat leggings because a bow attached to them was a potential chocking hazard 

The potentially dangerous grey leggings - emblazoned with cat faces on the legs - were on sale in UK stores between November 8 last year and February 22 this year. 

The company confirmed a bow attached to the leggings was a potential chocking hazard if it were to become detached from item.

The  leggings, emblazoned cat faces on the legs, were on sale in UK stores between November 8 last year and February 22 this year
The  leggings, emblazoned cat faces on the legs, were on sale in UK stores between November 8 last year and February 22 this year

The leggings, emblazoned cat faces on the legs, were on sale in UK stores between November 8 last year and February 22 this year

And in February, Primark pulled a range of The Walking Dead t-shirts from its stores after complaints of racism from customers. 

The t-shirts show the American TV programme's latest villain Negan holding a bloodied baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, which he uses to smash his victim’s heads. 

The rhyme 'Eeny, Meeny Miny, Moe' is written on them. 

Before killing long-standing favourites Glen and Abraham, Negan - who leads a gang called The Saviours - decided on who to slaughter by pointing to his victims one-by-one with the baseball bat, while saying 'eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a tiger by his toe'.

But after Sheffield couple Ian and Gwen Lucraft spotted the t-shirt in a Primark store last week, they complained to bosses that it was 'offensive'. 

Methodist minister Mr Lucraft said the 'Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe' rhyme was racist as it was well known that the rhyme went on to say 'catch a n***** by his toe'.

He also said the bloodied bat was offensive, adding: 'We were shocked when we came face to face with a new t-shirt with a racially explicit graphic and text.

Primark apologised in February after recalling a Walking Dead t-shirt which some consumers argued was racist 
Primark apologised in February after recalling a Walking Dead t-shirt which some consumers argued was racist 

Primark apologised in February after recalling a Walking Dead t-shirt which some consumers argued was racist 

Primark later removed the product from sale.

A spokesman said at the time: 'The t-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the U.S. television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show.

'Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologises for this.'

He added: 'Primark is currently removing the product from sale.' 

A Primark spokesman said: 'We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products, very seriously, which is why we have chosen to recall three men’s flip flops from our Cedar Wood State range'
A Primark spokesman said: 'We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products, very seriously, which is why we have chosen to recall three men’s flip flops from our Cedar Wood State range'

A Primark spokesman said: 'We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products, very seriously, which is why we have chosen to recall three men’s flip flops from our Cedar Wood State range'

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