Shoe recall at Primark - repeated toxins discovered

Shoe recall at Primark - repeated toxins discovered

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Recall: Again toxic chromium trioxide in women's shoes

Only recently, the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and the textiles discouter Primark warned of shoes that have been contaminated with dangerous pollutants. This increases the risk of allergic skin reactions. Now the fashion discounter reports that other products are affected.

It is the brown "Wide Fit Kitten Heel Court Shoe" women's shoe offered by Primark with the serial number 06689. Two weeks earlier, Primark had already started a recall for the same black black women's shoe. According to Primark, the legally established limit values ​​for chromium trioxide (Chromium VI) have been exceeded. The pollutant can trigger a whole range of health problems, including allergies, asthma and eczema. The shoe was sold in all Primark stores for over a year, from January 11, 2019 to January 21, 2020, and is now being recalled.

The "Wide Fit Kitten Heel Court Shoe" in brown and black is offered at Primark. (Photo: Primark Stores Limited). You can find all information about the first recall here: Recall from Primark - women's shoes contain toxic chromium trioxide.

Chromium trioxide in the lining

"In the inner lining of the product, it was found that the legally specified limit for chromium VI had been exceeded," Primark said in an information letter regarding the recall. This can lead to allergic reactions of the skin. Primark and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety advise against the further use of the shoe mentioned above. Instead, the shoe can be returned to any Primark store, where the purchase price will be reimbursed even without the receipt.

What health hazards do chromium (VI) oxide pose?

Chromium (VI) compounds are often used for tanning leather. According to the Austrian Federal Environment Agency, chromium (VI) compounds can have carcinogenic, mutagenic and reproductive effects. In addition, these heavy metal compounds promote allergies, asthma and eczema. In addition, chemical contact with skin may result in burns.

Bad for the environment

In addition, chrome (VI) is considered to be environmentally harmful. The compounds lead to an inhibited growth of roots and sprouts in plants and can cause plant parts to die. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Federal Environment Agency Austria: Chromium: A question of value (accessed: March 10, 2020),
  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: recall Primark women's shoe (published: 09.03.2020),