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EU Market Product Recall - A Must-Read for Shoe Manufacturers

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1. Product recalls that cannot be ignored

Product recalls in the market are serious events, usually closely related to product safety and consumer health.

Below is a statistical summary of product recalls in the textile, footwear, and accessories categories in March 2024. Let's first look at the statistics for the European Union market.

There were 7 chemical-related recalls in the European Union market.

6 of them did not comply with REACH regulations, details are as follows:

4 cases involved necklaces, rings, and accessory sets with excessive cadmium content. Cadmium is harmful to health, as it accumulates in the body, damaging the kidneys and bones, and leading to cancer.

  • 1 case involved excessive concentration of di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) in the plastic material of flip-flops. DBP may cause damage to the reproductive system, thus posing a health hazard. Additionally, the plastic of this product contained excessive amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), particularly benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, and benzo[k]fluoranthene, which are potential carcinogens.

  • 1 case involved bracelets releasing excessive nickel. Nickel is a strong sensitizer and can cause allergic reactions when present in items that come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin.

  • 1 case involved plush toys that did not comply with the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive and did not meet European standards EN 71-1 and EN 71-3. The concentration of hexavalent chromium in the material of this product was too high. Hexavalent chromium is sensitizing and can cause allergic reactions and cancer. The product also released an excessive amount of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a skin sensitizer that can cause allergic reactions and potentially cancerous. In addition, children may pull apart the stitching to access the filling material and could potentially put it in their mouths, posing a choking hazard.


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From the chemical-related recalls in the European Union market, it can be seen that product recalls stem from material safety issues. Taking footwear products as an example, materials used in footwear products may fail to meet quality standards, exceed the limits of harmful substances, or be contaminated with unqualified materials during the production process. These issues can lead to the release of harmful substances during product use, posing a threat to consumer health.

Non-compliance with safety standards: Some footwear products fail to meet relevant safety standards and regulatory requirements, such as materials that do not meet environmental requirements, are flammable, or prone to damage.

Material-related health issues: Some footwear products are closely associated with health issues related to materials used, such as containing harmful chemicals, allergens, or materials that may cause skin inflammation. If materials used in related products pose safety hazards, it can lead to health issues for consumers, thus requiring immediate recall.

2. How to Choose the Right Outsole Material

Recalls in the market serve as a constant reminder that product safety and quality control are paramount. Such events not only affect a company's reputation but also impact consumer health and safety. This is particularly crucial in the realm of footwear, where the choice of outsole material directly affects the wearer's comfort and well-being. Let's explore how to select the appropriate material using flip-flops as an example.

When it comes to choosing the material for flip-flops, considering characteristics, safety, and user experience is crucial. EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) are common materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

2.1 EVA & PVC

Material Characteristics:

EVA: EVA is a lightweight, soft, and flexible material. It has excellent cushioning properties, providing a comfortable feeling for the feet. Due to its lightweight and flexibility, EVA-made flip-flops are often used for daily wear, such as at home or in casual settings.

PVC: PVC is a durable, waterproof plastic material. It is relatively harder and less flexible than EVA. PVC flip-flops are usually more suitable for wearing in wet environments, such as at the beach, poolside, or during bathing.


EVA: EVA is a relatively safe material that does not contain harmful substances to the human body. It is generally considered skin-friendly and less likely to cause allergies or irritation.

PVC: PVC may contain some harmful substances, such as phthalates. In some cases, these substances may leach into the environment in contact with the human body, posing potential health risks. Therefore, when choosing PVC flip-flops, it is best to opt for certified harmless materials to ensure safety.

User Experience:

EVA: EVA flip-flops typically provide a comfortable experience due to their soft and lightweight characteristics. Its elasticity offers good support and cushioning, suitable for prolonged wear.

PVC: PVC flip-flops are relatively harder and may lack the soft feel of EVA. However, PVC flip-flops are usually more durable and offer better waterproof performance in wet environments.

Hence, both EVA and PVC flip-flops have their pros and cons, and the choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. However, considering the recent market recall, the safety and quality control of PVC flip-flops are well-regulated. After comparing these two materials, I strongly recommend EVA flip-flops.

Firstly, EVA flip-flops are very comfortable. Their soft and lightweight nature provides an excellent wearing experience, allowing you to enjoy utmost comfort whether relaxing at home or engaging in light outdoor activities.

Secondly, EVA material is very lightweight. Compared to PVC flip-flops, it is lighter, allowing you to move around freely without any discomfort. This makes EVA flip-flops an ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor wear.

Most importantly, EVA material is relatively safe. It does not contain harmful substances and is generally considered skin-friendly, less likely to cause allergies or irritation. Therefore, choosing EVA flip-flops also means choosing safety and health.

In summary, based on its comfort, lightweight nature, and safety, I strongly recommend EVA flip-flops as your preferred choice.

2.2 About Huadong's EVA Sole Manufacturing

Huadong's EVA manufacturing experience

The image above showcases some of the projects of our Huadong EVA sole manufacturer.

In response to the lightweighting trend in the footwear market, Huadong Sole Manufacturing has begun producing EVA soles. We specialize in the research and development of EVA soles, including material preparation, molding, cooling, demolding, special customization, and quality control. We aim to meet various customer demands, not limited to brand logos or customized shoe shapes.

The EVA soles provided by Huadong Sole Manufacturing offer stronger advantages and more stable traction: ensuring freedom of movement on any terrain; more responsive cushioning: the proprietary cushioning compound system provides reliable support; and additional traction: the anti-slip formula ensures maximum traction on liquid surfaces.

In addition to producing EVA sandal soles, we also offer a diverse range of applications, including sports shoes, casual shoes, sandals, and children's shoes. Whatever you need, if you're looking for an excellent EVA sole provider, we won't let you down.

As a reputable EVA sole manufacturer, we prioritize quality assurance at every step of the production process. We implement strict quality control measures, including material testing, dimensional accuracy checks, and visual inspections. Our commitment to quality ensures that every pair of EVA soles leaving our factory meets customer expectations.

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