Primark has been notified that a certain style of footwear - namely, men's flip-flops in black, blue and khaki - "does not meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance" as they've been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical.
"We have found levels of a restricted substance in the product in excess of the 1.0 mg/kg requirement," the discounted retailer posted on its website. Additionally, a Primark spokesperson confirmed the chemical in question is chrysene - which is commonly used in dark coloured dyes and can cause cancer - but reassured customers the levels contained in the shoes pose a 'minimal' threat to health and safety.
The footwear in question was part of the Cedar Wood State range and sold in stores nationwide between 4 January and 2 June this year. Primark is offering customers a full refund, even if they do not have proof of purchase. A spokesperson for Primark added: "We take the safety of our customers, and the quality of our products very seriously."
The company has suspended all orders from the factory which manufactures the flip-flops while the issue is fully investigated.
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