abs-cbnNews: The official distributor of Havaianas flip flops in the Philippines said it pulled out some models of children's flip flops in the market due to possibly high lead content.
Terry S.A. Inc. said in a statement it pulled out the Havaianas kids styles available in the country after an earlier recall in the US.
According to Ammiel de Leon, brand manager of Havaianas Philippines, the following models cannot be bought anymore in the country: Baby Estampas, Baby Pets, Baby Letrinhas, Kids Lucky Bug, Kids Fun, Kids Surf, Kids Pets, Kids Sports, Kids Monsters, Kids Apple, Kids Fairy, Kids Flores, Kids Lighthouse, Kids Candies, Kids Love, and Kids Rock.
De Leon said the flip flops only come from the Baby and Kids collection. The Havaianas local distributor said it recalled the flip flops as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety.
Meanwhile, Terry S.A. said the recalled flip flops will undergo testing in an independent laboratory in Asia. Anne Gonzalez, managing director of Terry S.A., said the company will continue to dialogue with the Department of Trade and Industry as it awaits more information from its Brazilian manufacturer.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning on March 3 about the lead content of Havaianas flip flops for children.
It said the recalled Havaianas styles' "decorative paint on the sole of the flip flops can contain levels of lead in excess of the federal standard."
The US CPSC said the following model names have been recalled in America: Baby Estampas, Baby Pets, Kids Apple, Kids Fairy, Kids Flores, Kids Lighthouse, Kids Monsters, Kids Surf, Baby Letrinhas, Kids Sports, Kids Candies, Kids Fun, Kids Love, Kids Sereias, Kids Speed, Kids Lucky Bug, Kids Pets, Kids Rock, Kids Slim, Kids Wonder Woman, Kids Small Flowers and Kids Tropical w/Kit.
The federal agency advised consumers to "immediately take the recalled flip flops away from children" and return them to manufacturer Alpargatas USA, Inc. to receive a replacement.
Alpargatas is based in New York while the recalled children's flip flops were manufactured in Brazil.
There are no reported cases of illnesses in the U.S. related to Havaianas flip flops as of press time.