‘Alarming’ Levels Of Formaldehyde In Chinese-made Laminate Alleged
A US based advocacy group that studies the impact of industrial pollution on health and the environment, Global Community Monitor, has filed a lawsuit against the US distributor Lumber Liquidators, claiming that its Chinese-made laminate flooring emits excessive levels of formaldehyde, which is widely recognised as a potential cause of cancer in humans.
Tests from more than 50 sample batches using a variety of different testing methods showed the average initial formaldehyde exposure from the Chinese-made laminate to be over 100 times above the amount allowed to be sold without a warning label under the Proposition 65, the Californian law, which requires products having carcinogenic chemicals to carry a health warning label.
Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in adhesives used to make laminate and other pressed (engineered) wood flooring products.
During and after installation, formaldehyde is released as a gas that can cause burning eyes, nose and throat irritation, coughing, headaches, joint pain, dizziness and nausea.
Denny Larson, executive director of Global Community Monitor, described the levels of formaldehyde found in the laminate tested as ‘astounding and alarming’.
He added: ‘It is unconscionable that Lumber Liquidators would sell this product to people to install in their homes without informing the families of the potential health risks involved, especially as they make a point of bragging about how environmentally safe it is.’
Chinese-made laminate and engineered flooring is known to be imported into the UK.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.