Next recalls children's shoes as lining 'linked to cancer'

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Next has urged customers to return a pair of boys’ shoes amid fears they contain a toxic substance linked to cancer.

The high street retailer recalled the product after discovering a “potential problem” in the lining of the “Younger Boys Navy Brogues” that contains a “quantity of restricted substance which exceeds Next’s specification”.

The substance, identified as benzidine, is one of several industrial chemicals the NHS warns can increase the risk of bladder cancer.

Authorities in Australia have also issued a warning about the product, which was sold internationally.

Recall: Next discovered a problem with the lining of the Younger Boys Navy Brogues shoes (Next)

In a statement, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said: “The 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.”

Next told customers they could return the shoes and receive a full refund.

A statement on the retailer’s website said: “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.

“Please call us on 0333 777 8185 to arrange a collection, or return the shoes to your local store, if this would suit you better. If you have given this item as a gift, please ask the recipient to contact Next.

“We’re very sorry for any disappointment and inconvenience caused, but we hope you’ll understand that customer safety is our highest priority.”

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