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Primark recalls men's flip flops over worries they could contain 'cancer chemical'

Primark has recalled three types of men’s flip flops amid a cancer scare (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Fashion chain Primark has issued an urgent recall notice on a range of men’s flip flops amid a cancer scare.

The khaki, black and blue versions of the footwear in the Cedar Wood State range apparently contain chrysene – a chemical which can cause cancer.

The footwear was pulled from the shelves at the beginning of last month having been on sale since January.

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“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,” said a Primark spokesman.

“All new orders with this factory have been suspended while we carry out a thorough investigation.”

The product recall from Primark (Primark)

In a warning online, the company said the flip flops do not “meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance”, adding: “We have found levels of a restricted substance in the product in excess of the 1.0 mg/kg requirement.”

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The serial numbers of affected flip flops are: khaki 02387/07, 08, 09; black 02387/01, 02, 03 and blue 02387/04, 05, 06. A full refund is being offered.

Chrysene and its link to cancer was reported by Science Direct two years ago.

In March, Primark recalled a pair of novelty children’s “cat” leggings over fears that a bow attached to them could present a choking hazard.

A month earlier, the retailer withdrew T-shirts inspired by the cult TV show The Walking Dead, after complaints they were “racist” and “offensive”.