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Björn Borg Sandals Recalled After Study

Published måndag 14 september 2009 kl 20.26

Updated 10:30

A new study has found several harmful chemicals in shoes made of plastic, Swedish Radio News reports. Arsenic, quicksilver, lead, cobalt, copper, and chrome were among the chemicals discovered.

In response, shoe company Euro Sko has recalled all sandals sold under the Björn Borg brand.

The study was done on 27 pairs of shoes bought in a number of different countries, including Sweden, the Philippines, India, South Africa, Uganda, and Indonesia.

A pair of Björn Borg sandals bought from Swedish Euro Sko was among those tested. In those flip-flops, the plastic strap between the toes contained 8.4% DBP, which is known to disrupt hormones in the endocrine system.

"It's completely absurd that these chemicals exist in normal consumer products," says Mikael Karlsson, director of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, the group that carried out the study.

The so-called phthalates have been known to harm both people and the natural environment, though it is still unclear what effect they might have on wearers of the chemically laden shoes. Some, like arsenic and quicksilver, have been shown to damage testicles and fetuses.

Last year, Sweden imported plastic shoes for a value of 142 million US dollars.

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