Men who wear flip-flops are flops in bed

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

12 July 2004 , BERLIN - Flip-flops can make men impotent and damage internal organs, a survey claims. And the most expensive beach shoes fared worse in tests than cheap ones. Researchers found the shoes contain toxic phthalates - chemicals which can cause men to flop in bed. Phthalates are also suspected of acting like hormones and causing damage to the liver and kidneys as well as reproductive organs. The German Association for Environmental Protection also found high amounts of lead and poisonous zinc an

12 July 2004

BERLIN - Flip-flops can make men impotent and damage internal organs, a survey claims.

And the most expensive beach shoes fared worse in tests than cheap ones.

Researchers found the shoes contain toxic phthalates - chemicals which can cause men to flop in bed.

Phthalates are also suspected of acting like hormones and causing damage to the liver and kidneys as well as reproductive organs.

The German Association for Environmental Protection also found high amounts of lead and poisonous zinc and phosphor organic compounds in flip-flops they tested.

Levels of the chemicals were much higher than those shown to affect the immune and hormonal systems of animals in tests.

Of 25 flip-flops tested, 14 were found to have dangerous levels of chemicals.

Among those to fail the safety check were the most expensive – EUR 80 Miss Sixty Kitten Shoes.

But the cheapest pair tested – EUR 12 striped H&M flip-flops - passed with flying colours.

High levels of toxins were also found in 14 out of 18 inflatable swim toys tested by German consumer magazine Oekotest.

 

DPA

Subject: German news

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