Children’s shoes recalled over fears they may cause cancer

A pair of children’s sandals have been recalled over fears the lining in the shoes may contain Benzadine, a cancer-causing chemical.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission posted a notice about the recalled shoes on their website on Tuesday.

“The lining contains a quantity of benzidine which could have carcinogenic properties if in prolonged contact with the skin,” the notice reads.


“Expert authorities classify benzidine as a carcinogen and recommend that exposure be limited.”

The sandals, which have been described as ‘Young Boys Navy Brogue Shoes’, were sold online both nationally and internationally by retailer Next UK.

Next recalls Younger Boys Navy Brogue Shoes (964786) due to restricted substance in the lining. PHOTO: Next UK

The company issued a recall last month, saying “the lining contained a restricted substance”.

“Unfortunately, it’s come to light that there’s a potential problem with the lining of the above style which contains a quantity of restricted substance which exceeds Next’s specification,” they wrote on their website.

“As the shoes don’t meet our strict, technical specifications, we’ve taken the decision of recalling them, and are requesting that you return them to us for a full refund”.

Customers who have purchased the shoes are being told to immediately stop using them, and to contact Ezibuy on 1800 148 148 to arrange return packaging and a full refund.