Primark has recalled thousands of men’s flip flops believed to be contaminated by dangerous chemicals linked to cancer. The alert involves three versions of flip flops sold by the high-street store. The footwear is believed to be contaminated with chrysene, which studies have found can cause cancer.

The high street chain is now offering full refunds to customers. The alert involves flip flops from the store’s Cedar Wood State range – in khaki, black and blue. It is the third product recall Primark has issued this year. The clothing giants recently recalled pairs of “novelty” cat leggings for children over fears they were unsafe. And in February, Primark pulled a range of The Walking Dead t-shirts after complaints of racism from customers.

A Primark spokesman moved to calm fears, though – confirming that health risks are “minimal”. A statement reads: “At the levels found in the flip flop, we believe the health and safety risk to customers is minimal. 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.”

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