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CDC Raises Red Flag on Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Flooring

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 25, 2016 6:36:45 PM

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A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put the spotlight again on some flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators due to potential health risks. The company came under fire last year after some of its products sourced from China were found to have elevated formaldehyde levels. But the CDC's new report on Monday suggests the risk may be higher than previously estimated. this story (Image Source)

What Did the CDC Find?

At the request of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the CDC launched an investigation last year into whether certain laminate flooring products sourced from China and sold by Lumber Liquidators could pose a risk to human health due to elevated levels of formaldehyde, which is often found in resin or finishes used in laminated flooring.

The CPSC asked the CDC to start the investigation after a report on 60 Minutes about the flooring. A initial report released Feb. 10 found that there was a low risk of cancer due to formaldehyde -- approximately two to nine cases per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. However, the CDC changed its figures after the CPSC pointed out a modeling error -- in essence, an error in the way the risk was calculated. The CDC on Monday revised its figures, now estimating that the cancer risk is six to 30 cases per 100,000 people. This article offers advice on what to do if you have the formaldehyde-laced flooring already installed:HERE

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