Urgent recall on kids' shoe
A retailer has urgently recalled a pair of children’s shoes over fears the lining of the shoes contains a substance that could cause cancer. The shoes, distributed in Australia internally and online by UK retailer Next, were available for sale between December 19 last year and June 26, 2017, reports The Daily Mail.
The product – Navy Strap Brogue Shoe with an item number of 964786 (UB/489) – was urgently recalled due to concerns highlighted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. In a statement, the Commission said the defective product’s lining ‘contains a quantity of benzidine which could have carcinogenic properties if in prolonged contact with the skin.
‘Expert authorities classify benzidine as a carcinogen and recommend that exposure be limited.’
Customers are advised to stop using the shoes immediately. The ACCC advises consumers should stop using the product immediately, and contact Ezibuy to arrange return packaging and a full refund.
Benzidine has not been sold in the United States since the mid-1970s and it is no longer used in medical laboratories or in the rubber and plastics industries. It has been withdrawn from use in most industries.