Possible health implications from exposure to formaldehyde emitted from laminate flooring samples tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Published Date:March 22, 2016
Corporate Authors:United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ; National Center for Environmental Health (U.S.) ;
Description:On March 1, 2015, the CBS news program 60 Minutes reported that an American company, Lumber Liquidators®, was selling a Chinese-produced laminate wood flooring product that released elevated levels of formaldehyde. 60 Minutes tested formaldehyde levels in 31 boxes of commercially available laminate flooring products purchased from Lumber Liquidator® stores in five states (Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Virginia). 60 Minutes reported that some test results were higher than the California Air Resources Board emission standards.
Because of concerns raised by the 60 Minutes report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) tested laminate flooring samples manufactured in China during 2012-2014 that were sold at Lumber Liquidators® stores. CPSC subsequently requested that NCEH/ATSDR evaluate the test results for possible health effects.
The purpose of this report is to evaluate people’s possible exposures to formaldehyde emitted from laminate flooring tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in indoor air and the possible effects on their health. The report also recommends actions that can reduce formaldehyde levels in people’s homes.
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