Primark recalls thousands of flip flops because 'they could cause cancer'
The flip flops contain chrysene, suspected to be a carcinogen (Picture: Richard Gardner/REX/Shutterstock)

Primark is recalling thousands of men’s flip flops which contain dangerous levels of a potentially cancer-causing chemical.

The discount clothes chain is recalling three colours from its male Cedar Wood State flip flop range and offering a full refund to anyone who bought them.

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A Primark spokesman confirmed the flip flops contain chrysene, commonly used in dark-coloured dyes.

The chemical is a constituent of coal tar and tobacco smoke, and suspected to be a carcinogen.

The black, blue and khaki footwear in question were on sale in Primark shops from January 4 to June 2, 2017.

Primark recalls thousands of flip flops because 'they could cause cancer'
Primark is recalling three colours from its men Cedar Wood State flip flop range (Picture: Primark)

Their website said the flip flops do not “meet the Primark usual high standards for chemical compliance” and have “levels of a restricted substance.”

An investigation has now been launched and Primark has suspended all new orders.

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It was unable to confirm the location of the factory where the flip flops were made.

Earlier this year, Primark was forced to recall leggings after small pink bows on the knees were discovered to pose a potential choking hazard.

In February, a range of The Walking Dead t-shirts also provoked a racism row.

They pictured a bloodied baseball bat wrapped with barbed wire, with the phrase ‘Eeny meeny miny moe.’