A retailer is urgently recalling a pair of children’s shoes over fears the lining of the shoes contain 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 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.

In a product recall notice on the Next website in June, the retailer said the shoes were being recalled due to a ‘potential problem with the lining.’

It mentions a ‘restricted substance,’ but does not clarify what it is.

‘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,’ the notice 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.

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

The ACCC advises Consumers should stop using the product immediately, and contact Ezibuy on 1800 148 148 to arrange return packaging and a full refund.

Share your comments below.


  • Cancer causing agent in kids shoes ????They are nice looking shoes too so imagine they would be popular


  • Once again a product that is not made in Australia using Australian products is being recalled this time due to a dangerous substance. When will the companies use their initiative and only use Australian products. Think it would save them a lot of money in the long run


  • yeah and this will be an issue for a lot of products made overseas that are not to our high standards. that’s why this stuff is so cheap for us to buy.


  • Is that substance in some way connected to the motor industry, in the form of a type of fuel, oil or grease?


  • Oh gosh this is a real concern, thanks for the update.


  • This is very scary. Weird that they found out just now!!


  • Thanks for letting us know about this recall !


  • Thank heavens they are being quickly recalled. Thanks Mom


  • Yikes, scary thought – where are the standards??


  • a little too late, how did these even make it out of the factory??? Glad we have MOM to share all these recalls.


  • Oh my. That’s not good at all. A little concerning too in the delay of the recall here. Posting it on their website in June is not good enough. That assumes people are directed to their website when most people would never visit it.


  • How did it even make it into the factory?


  • How was this allowed?


  • You don’t expect this from such a reputable brand.


  • That’s scary oh my God protect our kids


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