Wearing Flip Flops Made in China Causing Skin Rashes or Chemical Burns: Facts

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Wearing Flip Flops Made in China Causing Skin Rashes or Chemical Burns


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Be aware of these Flip Flops from China

Don’t buy flip flops from Walmart!

It’s for your health.

This is very true I heard it in news from one of our local radios here that our govt has to be extra careful on these cheap imports from china especially clothes because the Chinese are using some strong but cheap chemical in their manufactures. Cheap is expensive and at the same time fatal.
This is what happened when a customer bought a pair of flip flops from wal-mart. These were chemical burns!

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Wearing Flip Flops Made in China Causing Skin Rashes or Chemical Burns


The message shared in various versions states that Flip Flops from China are causing skin rashes or chemical burns for some people wearing them, giving an example of one such customer who bought them from Wal-Mart. Yes, it is a fact that some such incidents were reported, but it happened back in 2007.

The Incident

In July 2007, Kerry Stiles, a woman from Florida documented her bad experience of chemical burns on her feet after wearing a pair of the Sand-N-Sun cheap flip flops (made in China) she bought from Wal-Mart. She put up the detailed record of her ordeal online after she was not satisfied with Wal-Mart’s response to her complaint.

Picture: Kerry Stiles Bad experience with Flip Flops
Kerry Stiles Bad experience with Flip Flops
Picture: Some more similar cases
Some more similar cases

Similar Reports

Kerry Stiles’ report followed numerous reader complaints of similar incidents, and in September 2007 it was reported that Wal-Mart stores across the country are pulling off flip-flops made in China after customers complained of rashes or burns developed on their feet. In September 2007 FoxNews.com reported that the issue is not with everyone who wears those flip flops from China; out of millions sold, there were some cases reported.

Dr. Nanette Silverberg, the director of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York explained that the burning sensation is most likely because of allergies to the rubber on the shoes or to the chemical components like Thiuram and Dithiocarbamates that are used to break down the rubber in the shoes. The doctor said it is unlikely that it’s the chemical coating that’s extremely toxic, and the reason for burns or rashes could be due to allergic contact dermatitis that happens in some people who will notice a reaction within a couple of hours.

After pulling off from their stores, Wal-Mart also planned to test the Sand-N-Sun flip-flops to find out more about the causes of the chemical burns and continue to sell the line of shoes later.

In Conclusion

The Chinese made flip flops bought from Wal-Mart did cause burns or rashes to some people back in 2007, Wal-Mart said they received only 10 such complaints. Those warning messages resurfaced in 2014, also with exaggerations saying all Chinese made products or food items are harmful. Nonetheless, there have been some concerns with Chinese products in the past.

Hoax or Fact:

Fact with some missing information.

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