Claim: Wal-Mart halted sales of Chinese-made flip-flops in 2007
after some purchasers reported suffering skin rashes or chemical burns.
[Collected via e-mail, June 2014]
Get this: fake Hawaiian Sandals ‘made in Chine’ are made with toxic plastics resins and elastomers from containers used to store agrochemicals, and are painted with toxic paint with high lead content. The effect is catastrophic!
[Collected via e-mail, August 2007]
Don’t buy flip flops from Wal-mart!
Many products coming out of china are now being recalled due to unsafe materials to make products and keep the budget at a low cost. Lead is MIXED in the paint for toys and here is what happened when a customer bought a pair of flip flops from wal-mart, these were CHEMICAL BURNS:
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Origins: In June 2007, Kerry Stiles of Ocklawaha, Florida, purchased a pair of “Sand-N-Sun” flip flops
Stiles’ experiences with the fearsome footwear are recounted in full on her web page. She chronicles the development of the injury in a series of photographs spanning the period between
The flip-flops had been manufactured in China. Others who had bought the same brand of sandals reported experiencing similar problems.
In September 2007, Wal-Mart instructed its stores to stop selling the product until it could conduct its own investigation.
The definitive cause of Stiles’ reaction to the flip flops is not known — while there might have been a noxious chemical incorporated into the
footwear, the unfortunate woman (and others) could also have experienced an allergic reaction to some otherwise innocuous substance used in the manufacturing process.
Wal-Mart asserts it received only ten complaints about skin irritation related to these flip flops out of seven million pairs sold. The company said in a press release reported upon by Dallas television station KDFW on
However, on 13 September 2007, a reporter in Tulsa told of finding a pair of the recalled flip-flops at a
Stiles challenged Wal-Mart’s claim of receiving only ten complaints about the brand of flip-flops that injured her, providing accounts (including photographs) on her web site of others similarly harmed.
Barbara “beachwear beware” Mikkelson
Last updated: 3 June 2014
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