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Recent media stories questioning the safety of laminated wood products shipped into the United States from China have caused concerns among homeowners with laminate wood flooring in their homes. But the results of a recent review by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) should put those concerns to rest. The CPSC reports that out of 17,000 air samples recently taken in households with foreign-made laminated flooring, none of the samples “tested above the remediation guideline.” And a separate evaluation of formaldehyde levels in laminate flooring made in China found that there was negligible risk to human health when compared to a conservative safe exposure level developed by the state of California. Additionally, U.S.-based companies have demonstrated a commitment to producing laminate flooring that meets the highest standards in existence.
Here are some important facts to keep in mind about formaldehyde emissions and laminate wood flooring:
The science on formaldehyde is robust and well characterized. These facts should provide some helpful context for the current misleading stories about formaldehyde emissions from laminate wood flooring.
 Poster #2661, title: Evaluating the Proposition 65 Health Significance of Formaldehyde Exposures from Chinese Manufactured Laminate Flooring. Presented at the 2016 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. Abstract Weblink: http://www.toxicology.org/pubs/docs/Tox/2016Tox.pdf
 Salthammer, T., Mentese, S. and Marutzky, R., 2010. “Formaldehyde in the indoor environment.” Chemical Reviews, 110(4), pp.2536-2572.
 Nielsen, Gunnar Damgård, Søren Thor Larsen, and Peder Wolkoff. “Re-evaluation of the WHO (2010) formaldehyde indoor air quality guideline for cancer risk assessment.” Archives of toxicology (2016): 1-27.
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