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Formaldehyde among substances added to cancer list
June 13th, 2011
06:01 AM ET

Formaldehyde among substances added to cancer list

Formaldehyde, a chemical used in embalming fluid and in consumer products is known to cause cancer, according to a new report from the federal government.

The 12th Report on Carcinogens, released Friday by the National Toxicology Program, officially added the chemical and several others to the list of substances known to cause cancer.

The move comes after years of delays prompted by critics, including the chemical industry, who say the studies used to establish the link to cancer are not based on science.

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical found in the environment in small amounts.  But more concerning are the levels of the chemical used in household products such as some nail polishes, hair straightening products, pressed wood products as well as industrial glues and car exhaust. Formaldehyde is the main ingredient in embalming fluid used in the funeral industry. It is also a large component of the 'new car smell' – composed of fumes emanating from carpets, upholstery, plastics and glues used in new cars.

But, Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society and CNNHealth.com contributor, says he's less concerned about the amount of formaldehyde average consumers are getting from household products, and more concerned about workers exposed to the chemical.

"I worry about workers in the funeral industry, nail technicians and beauticians," he said. "It's not just one exposure. It's continuous exposure over time that increases risk."

Currently, formaldehyde is not listed on the labels of most products, so Brawley says it can be difficult to reduce exposure. He believes better labeling is on the way in light of the new report.

"Over time manufacturers will work very hard to get these things out of their products," says Brawley. "I think you'll start to see many companies labeling their products 'formaldehyde free.'"

Despite a lack of information for average consumers, Brawley says there are some small ways to reduce your risk: Keeping new cars and newly carpeted ares well ventilated, asking manufacturers if their products are formaldehyde free, and ensuring that if you work around formaldehyde, that your employer is following all OSHA regulations related to the chemical.

The report also added aristolochic acids – used in certain herbal remedies and teas – to the list of known carcinogens.  It added certain inhalable glass wool fibers, styrene – a liquid used to make Styrofoam,  and cobalt-tungsten carbide powders to the list of 'reasonably anticipated human carcinogens.'


soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Curmodgeon

    I suppose that ingesting or inhaling enough of any substance will end up causing damage of some sort. Actually, if you inhale di-hydrogen monoxide you will die an agonizing death. In ancient China, eating sodium chloride was a preferred method of committing suicide. Excessive amounts of C2H5OH in the blood stream can cause general unsteadiness, slurring of the voice, loss of motor function, blackouts and in severe cases, death.

    June 13, 2011 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Matt

      just say water, salt and alcohol. jeez.

      June 13, 2011 at 11:32 | Report abuse |
    • EB

      Good point about ethanol though. List the effects with a chemical formula instead of, say, vodka, and they sound pretty scary.

      June 13, 2011 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • akmauro

      You missed beta-glucopyranose causing diabetes, 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine causing a whole host of problems not limited to but including anxiety, nausea, overstimulation and DNA mutations, that pesky oxygen which can cause serious chemical burns and help feed fires, ammonia that people can use for fertilizer bombs or plant a farm, all that radiation that we're constantly exposed to, e.g. UV light, visible light, radiowaves, xrays and microwaves. It's kind of funny how the human race has survived so long, maybe it's evolution that gave us all of our defense mechanisms against these "plagues" of society.

      June 13, 2011 at 18:14 | Report abuse |
    • Chemistry

      The chemical formulas only seem scary to people who don't understand chemistry. And if that's the case, I'm sorry you had such a poor education. The chemical formulas are more accurate and descriptive than the common names.

      June 13, 2011 at 18:15 | Report abuse |
    • david

      If you weren't a make-believe "scientist" you'd know that's not how they determine what causes cancer. Often it's very small doses over extended periods of time. There are long term studies, statistical analysis, etc.

      June 13, 2011 at 19:18 | Report abuse |
    • Mchael J.i

      @Matt Well, yes, it would be that for those who never passed the third grade - like you. Moron.

      June 13, 2011 at 19:46 | Report abuse |
    • Engineer

      Wrong; the chemical name will include Cis and Trans data for conformers and also define the energy level. The chemical formula will not include this data.

      June 13, 2011 at 20:14 | Report abuse |
    • becca

      About 45 years ago we used to clean our combs and other things in the beauty salons. Not sure if they do it now as I have not worked for years. But to think this may have given us health problems. But it was a state law we had to clean our combs and tools with formaldeyhde. If we only knew then what we do today.

      June 13, 2011 at 21:16 | Report abuse |
    • fjawodfc

      The word "chemical" only has a negative connotation to the organic food suckers and other nuts.

      June 13, 2011 at 22:18 | Report abuse |
    • tcro

      @Mchael J.i
      moron?
      you learned di-hydrogen monoxide, sodium chloride, and C2H5OH in grade 4?
      must have been a happy childhood

      June 14, 2011 at 06:56 | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    About time.

    June 13, 2011 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mudfoot

    Great, and after all those dissections we performed with formaldehyde fumes wafting in our faces now they decide it causes cancer!

    June 13, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • debbie

      dissections are minor compared to exposure you get working in a dialysis center that does reuse, esp when the reuse techs spill it all the time

      June 13, 2011 at 14:56 | Report abuse |
    • Steve_PA

      Actually, I am not sure that anyone decided that it causes cancer. I think it was more a discovery that it causes cancer.

      June 13, 2011 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Steve, go drink or inhale massive amounts of it.
      Let us all know how well it turns out for you.
      May your soul rest in piece.
      I've been in TOXIC levels of it. Literally. It was major suckage!
      As one that ALSO got CO poisoning, I prefer the CO over it!
      But then, MY high school science project was relative comparison of brains from fish to a cat.
      The cat brain put me into toxic exposure.
      But then, it was HIGHLY AS IN CONSIDERED FACT considered to cause cancer in humans for over 40 years.
      Now, we know and will avoid it.
      Because, chemicals are more important than the populace.

      June 14, 2011 at 02:08 | Report abuse |
  4. Pipe Dirt

    NASSCO's Official Position on Styrene and Report on Carcinogens (RoC) , http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/6/prweb8562155.htm,

    The CIPP market has been allowed to do their work under the radar for 40 years. Poor engineering ethics have coincided with marketing strategies. Styrene air concentrations have been measured for steam applications up to 465 Ppm in manholes while above manholes are typically 185 Ppm. Water concentrations have been measured up to 200 Ppm (dependent on catalyst type) and the typical response is to dilute the pollution. Wet-out facilities and tube transport vehicles go unmonitored for worker saftey. More efforts need to be put towards clean technologies instead of continuing the 40 year pollution tactics. When a fish kill occurs from Insituforms I-Plus tube (marketed as environmental freindly because uses less resin) in Conquiland Can., it is denied by the contractor and they are allowed to continue on the project. When a resin spill in WI by Spiniello is ignored for months due to winter weather and they are allowed to continue without cleaning the toxic spill. When houses or businesses are invaded by toxic fumes and the contractor informs the people the concentrations are low and there are no should be no concerns (WY) even though the businesses are closed for days due to styrene odor. When a Boston neighborhood is contaminated at 4:00 am and people evacuate their houses, the contractor didn't show up for the meeting and wrote "this is what CIPP is and everyone does it... has been this way...for years". Workers are not supplied proper safety equipment, ill informed on the concentrations and not properly trained to use the monitoring equipment. Testing is done to obscur results or the samples are diluted. When the specifications require styrene concentrations to be at a specific level, the contractor in some instances will release untested if not inspected. So will it ruin the industry if they continue without regulation in the same fashion they have for 40 years? Pre-treat and capture technology is far less expensive than collecting and transport to a private treatment plant. NASSCO has not produced any data on costs, has not produced any data on concentrations and will hide data that is damaging to their cause. Contractors know that every liner installed produces different results (exotherms, % of cure, radial and longitude thickness or drain-down of the toxins) The CIPP styrene committee should be held responsible for the misrepresentation of the product for profit. Their engineering licenses should be questioned from the recomendations they have made to installers (i.e. placards, concentration releases..). NASSCO has showed their true colors and their lack of innovation by taking the "this is how we have done it for 40 years" approach. Question....Who in the "underground industry" understands Physics and physiology and can compare their credentials with the ROC board? Someone with a Civil Engineering degree and has a vested interest in lining sewer pipes? Maybe NASSCO should be proactive and actually do something for the good of the industry and not for the good of a few companies that pay for NASSCO to be in existence.

    June 13, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. KC

    It also happens to be used in vaccines. We are all one big science experiment.

    June 13, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Look up Tuskegee experiment. Even better, look up human experimentation in the US in wiki. They are QUITE accurate on it.
      BEYOND disgusting!
      Now, go back to your bowl, lab rat!
      Even fluoride is considered hazardous.
      Or more simply, WE ARE TOAST,

      June 14, 2011 at 02:12 | Report abuse |
  6. AT

    Formaldehyde is in the Flu Shot, Polio Vaccine and DTaP Vaccine!! Still think all vaccines are safe??

    June 13, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • fgh

      Yes.

      June 13, 2011 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • akmauro

      yes, particularly because a typical injection is 1 or 2 mL and only a fraction of the vaccine is formaldehyde. If you read the article you may have caught this:
      But, Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer at the American Cancer Society and CNNHealth.com contributor, says he's less concerned about the amount of formaldehyde average consumers are getting from household products, and more concerned about workers exposed to the chemical.

      Since there is much much much less than any amount an average worker exposed to the chemical would encounter, the vaccine would be safe. Besides it beats getting injected with infected (by bacteria) vaccine or getting a terrible illness that is easily preventable.

      (And remember, only the dose makes the poison)

      June 13, 2011 at 18:18 | Report abuse |
    • Steve_PA

      Yes

      June 13, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse |
    • stan turecki

      Detectable levels of mercury exist in nearly every single food source there is. Since mercury is dangerous does that mean any food you might eat is dangerous? I hope you are ready for a heck of a diet!

      June 14, 2011 at 00:22 | Report abuse |
    • RicSanchez

      They are not safe. Don't listen to the people above, they are merely sleeping at the wheel. What they don't seem to realize is that working around Formaldehyde is much different than having it injected in to one's bloodstream. But they don't know that because they are too busy watching reality shows.

      June 14, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse |
    • stan turecki

      why cant we just round up all the anti vaccination nutters and put them on an island somewhere? the first time an epidemic of smallpox sets in, i bet we will see an awful lot of converts!

      ricksanchez – 100% natural, all organic fruits are high in pectin. the natural metabolism chain of pectin includes methanol, and then formaldehyde. Your run of the mill 200 gram golden delicious will equate to the consumption of about 10mg of formaldehyde. The amount of the chemical in vaccines is a couple of mg. in short, there is no risk.

      first it was mercury that the anti vaccine people complained about. that issue turned out to be a non issue, so now it's formaldehyde. i wonder how long it will take them to find a new straw to grasp at...

      June 14, 2011 at 00:45 | Report abuse |
  7. Naysayers BEGONE!

    As a chemist working for BASF, I can attest that substances such as formaldehyde are present in many everyday products. It should be no surprise that Cancer and related illnesses are rampant in this country. I began my career in Europe and though that was some 20 years ago the restrictions on exposure, handling and disposal of dangerous chemicals were far beyond what I now deal with here in the USA. All of you need to organize and begin a serious backlash against your government, due to the difficulty of linking illness with exposure to chemical poisons, there will always be some reasonable doubt about one specific polluter or product. As much as you americans hate it, strong and serious regulation is the only way to change the current situation. Unfortunately, your government is owned by the companies who are poisoning you, my employer included. A change of government and possibly the system itself would be neccessary; but the payoff is that your children wont be slowly poisoned by the apple you give them, or the new toy you bought. Perhaps weigh whether politics and ideology are more important than your own family. Also ask yourself where your ideology and poltical leanings come from, you may be surpised. Something close to 50% of North americans will develop cancer in thier lifetime, if this were any other disease it would be considered an epidemic.

    June 13, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thank you

      Thank you for this honest post! BASF is one of the WORST offenders.

      June 13, 2011 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • willxyz10

      In the US profit is the most important thing, so any regulations that threaten this holy profit will be bulldozed right out the building. The US puts profit before people.

      June 13, 2011 at 18:29 | Report abuse |
    • RN

      I often think it's because the average person is really not even aware of their surroundings. I developed a chemical sensitivity many yrs ago in the high rise building I lived in, and since then can go into a few office buildings, and smell or sense right away certain things in the air that burn my throat skin and/or eyes. – or sometimes I will become slightly dizzy from other substances. I know that I'll only be there a few hrs, but look around at all the people that are working there on a daily basis, and can't help but wonder how it will affect them – especially since they're probably not even aware of these things.

      June 13, 2011 at 19:13 | Report abuse |
    • michael0156

      Wow! A very accurate comment... I thought I was alone! I can't bring up these issues with even my family, yet I realize how important they are. Thanks for the information in your post.

      April 9, 2013 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
  8. rich

    Unhealthy levels of formaldehyde were found in most (98%) homes tested in research published by the California Air Resources Board. Fortunately, testing is an easy do-it-yourself task using passive formaldehyde badges. This is the method the Sierra Club used to initially discover the now infamous FEMA trailers. Many homes have similar concentrations of formaldehyde. The badges are available on the Internet for as low as $39 including the lab analysis and report.
    Formaldehyde off gasses from many household items including: fiberglass insulation, laminate flooring, furniture and many nick-knacks.

    June 13, 2011 at 14:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RN

      Does a carbon filter remove formaldehyde from the air?

      June 13, 2011 at 19:17 | Report abuse |
  9. summer

    sounds bad for the medical students!

    June 13, 2011 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ed

    This sux.

    I have a friend who is a mortician. He works with this crap (embalming fluid) on a daily basis. I wonder what protection (if any) they have from the fumes and topical exposure.

    June 13, 2011 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Satia

      Some would say that Flag Day, June 14, sort of marks the middle of the year: the 14th day of the sixth month of the 12 month cealndar. I'm sure if you use serious mathmatics and count out the actual dates, that would be wrong, but who cares? It's funner this way! Especially since it's it happens to be my favorite holiday! My mom used to count down to each other: "only four more shopping days until flag day!" and "do you have any special plans for flag day this year!?!?!"Needless to say, I chose Flag Day as what would later become my wedding anniversary!"Tis a silly day to celebrate otherwise!

      March 4, 2012 at 02:55 | Report abuse |
  11. Raevyn

    If you use shampoo, conditioner, nail polish, eye liner, blush, foundation, lipstick, body lotion, body wash, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen or most other products you apply to your body, you're exposing yourself to myriad of chemicals that are just as dangerous as formaldehyde. Hair dye is the worst offender. Be aware, yes, but realize that you're being exposed to carcinogens everywhere, every day.

    June 13, 2011 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wombar

      Not true. The vast majority of products (those from legit companies) have not included formaldehyde for years. You might want to read the labels (which for the mentioned products have to list the ingredients) before you make a blanket statement that you found on the internet... The exception is some of the Brazilian Blow Out formulas which use high levels of formaldehyde.

      June 14, 2011 at 05:41 | Report abuse |
  12. phatemu

    Leading the lobbying effort against labeling formaldehyde as a carcinogen has been the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. Georgia-Pacific, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is one of the country’s top producers of formaldehyde.

    June 13, 2011 at 17:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • willxyz10

      The Koch's are pure e v il and spend tens of millions defending their practices.

      June 13, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
    • Roberto

      Ah yes, leave it to those ol' Texas boys. They could give a rats ass about ANYBODY or ANYTHING except their profits. And guess who their biggest political contributions go to? C'mon. Take a guess. C'mon, c'mon. Watch tonight on TV for the big debate! Ahhh! Shucks! You guessed it. I thought I could fool ya! Bidness, bidness, bidness. That's the name of the game. Movin' back to Texas, who, me? I ain't gonna do dat no mo! I'd be killed!

      June 13, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
  13. Johnny

    Great. I'm working with styrene and fiberglass at this current time.

    June 13, 2011 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • akmauro

      If you wear a mask and don't drink the styrofoam you'll be fine.

      June 13, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
  14. William

    I wonder if daily application of skin moisturiser and sun block causes medical problems in the long term? I say this because our skin is not a barrier as was once though.

    June 13, 2011 at 18:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. hairstylist

    working with chemicals daily there should be warnings on the labels. we have seen that with the straightening products just in the last year that they were producing up to 7% formaldehyde in the air. It is not safe to be using these even once a month. the public has a right to know and we the workers have a right to know if something has that large of a potential to harm us. Most European Countries have already taken the straightening products down, its not allowed. They care about the people not just PROFIT!

    June 13, 2011 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Sandra Ramos

    This is very interesting...as a former teacher, I am concerned the temporary module school classrooms are a threat to our school children. The smell of a new portable classroom is just awful., I believe it's formaldahyde, has anyone done a study on the effects inhaling this substance on school children??? Or the teachers themselves??

    June 13, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. mary

    Formaldehyde VS Fukushima ??
    Come on?? :( Lets see. which one am I 'really' most afraid of at this exact moment???? :(

    June 13, 2011 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Joe Mahma

    Anyone want to guess what commonly used aerosol air freshener product made by SC Johnson has formaldehyde in it?

    Call up SC Johnson and ask them what the ingredients are in their Glade Air Freshener.

    I guarantee they won't tell you.

    June 13, 2011 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. bella blue

    I totally agree with this article. It is a well known fact that aspartame has formaldehyde in it. And diet soda is produced with aspartame as a by-product. Think of ALL the diet soda that is consumed in this Country. It is no wonder cancer diagnosis is increasing day by day in this country. Between the food we eat, and the products we use on our skin, in our hair, and in our daily life, that are NOT safe for anyone to consume,every person is at risk. In the 21st Century the diagnois should be decreasing, with all of the technology that is available to keep this horrible disease at bay. There certainly isn't any current report indicating that cancer research is advancing its ability to contain this disease.

    June 13, 2011 at 19:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Raevyn

      Get your facts straight. Aspartame breaks down into methanol in the body which then breaks down into formaldehyde. It doesn't "contain" formaldehyde at all. As for the formaldehyde that's produced by the metabolization of aspartame, you get a much greater effect from fruit juice than you get from aspartame. You actually end up with formaldehyde in your system by consuming lots of different foods and drinks. Oh....and SOME diet soda is produced using aspartame as an ingredient. It's not a by-product.

      June 13, 2011 at 23:29 | Report abuse |
  20. connie

    As someone who has recently developed a severe allergy to formaldehyde and it's related chemicals, I welcome the inclusion of it in labeling. Formaldehyde is used as a finish on many fabrics, and as I type right now I am on very strong doses of prednisone to treat the raised red itchy welts over a third of my body...caused by formaldehyde on clothing. One of the offices in the building where I work was recently renovated, the formaldehyde in the carpet and adhesives made me very ill and had to start using an inhaler – and I'm sure I will feel more ill when I see the doctor bills from this. I welcome more public awareness of the extensive use of this chemical and hope and pray more accurate labeling is in our future.

    June 13, 2011 at 20:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Lara

    Baby and child vaccines are loaded with formaldehyde. In fact, it's the first ingredient in many vaccines. Yet I'm sure the reports will be coming out saying they are completely safe.

    June 13, 2011 at 20:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Raevyn

      There's formaldehyde in many foods too....or is produced as they're metabolized. Are bananas safe?

      June 13, 2011 at 23:32 | Report abuse |
  22. Dobbie

    I worked at the location where formaldehyde was used to make the plastic used in car. It was known as a carcinogen far before this article. The monomer is used to create longer polymer chains which have very little formaldehyde in it. Most of what is in your car that is made from formaldehyde is the seat belt buckle button.

    June 13, 2011 at 20:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Riadess

      pi che le critiche in engerale,credo abbiano pagato molto i sondaggi che ha fatto konami sui vari siti (ad uno ho anche partecipato),comunque la grafica migliorata,speriamo abbiano registrato anche effetti secondari come gli spalti dello stadio e sopratutto abbiano messo l'editor di squadre e giocatori(che importante per la longevit del prodotto),comunque quest'anno sar un bella lotta fifa-pes.ci me vado a ved vale rossi v :p

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  23. brady

    Formaldehyde releasers are common in most soaps, hair gels, shampoos, etc. DMDM hydantoin and diazolidinyl urea are the common releasers. Look it up. I'm highly allergic to both. Formaldehyde releasers need to be more clearly labeled! I don't think the average consumer would like the idea of having a product laced with a carcinogen on his/her body and hair, all day long. Have there been studies to look into the effects of constant low exposure to the formaldehyde released in basic beauty products, in addition to the formaldehyde in the environment, and possibly the work place?

    June 13, 2011 at 20:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Baruch

    Not news...we have known these things cause cancer for decades.

    June 13, 2011 at 20:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. brian

    damnit, i so like drinking the stuff...

    June 13, 2011 at 20:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Lovely

    Have no fear, all the GOP candidates have stated in the current debate. That we should get rid of the EPA, because it kills jobs.

    June 13, 2011 at 21:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lovely

      Oh and they don't think much of the FDA either.

      June 13, 2011 at 21:14 | Report abuse |
  27. Gazirra

    Not to sound stupid, but isn't formaldehyde used in some immunizations, but in trace amounts that should be harmless?

    June 13, 2011 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. edvhou812

    Most of us will either die of a cancer or a heart attack. Oh, and some of the things that you think are harmless today will likely be what kills you.

    June 13, 2011 at 22:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Joanna

    A poison is a poison, any amount is harmful. The companies who sell them will tell you different but just use common sense NO small amount of poison injected directly into your bloodstream is safe. It may not do anything to you right away but just wait 10-20-30 or 40 years and the problems will show up.

    June 13, 2011 at 22:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • stan turecki

      anything, including water and oxygen is a poison. the only question is how poisonous the material is. table salt can be poisonous. so can ordinary sugar. the notion that any amount of a poison is harmful is ignorant of the chemistry that makes your body work. most every chemcial compound required for life is a poison in high enough concentration. and yet life could not exist without these compounds.

      June 14, 2011 at 00:50 | Report abuse |
  30. novae1054

    This article fails to mention that in a lot of lotions (believe it or not sensitive skin Eucerin) and a lot of your cleansing soaps include a little product called DMDM Hydantoin, aka formaldehyde. Also in hair straighteners, besides the obvious, there are the products that turn into various chemicals including formaldehyde when heated over 220 degrees which most straightening irons easily reach this temperature and higher.

    June 13, 2011 at 22:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Smee

    Dung is everywhere.

    June 13, 2011 at 22:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. RicSanchez

    Guess what..they put formaldehyde in a lot of vaccines too. Another reason to avoid them.

    June 14, 2011 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. louise

    I have been a beautican for over 20 Years and we used actual formaldhyde tablets in our stations as a fumagant. touched them with are bare hands and breathed the fumes in. all of our tools were exposed also.

    June 14, 2011 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Edgar

      I totally agree.Ouh, and I read that some Malaysians feel esaerrasmbd' to read in public because other people sees it as an awkward thing in our society.WHAT THE??Maybe that's when this audio thingy comes handy?I dunno.

      March 6, 2012 at 00:11 | Report abuse |
  34. mjh

    RATIONALIZE WHAT YOU READ BEING SAID! MODERATION IS KEY WITH ANYTHING

    June 14, 2011 at 00:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. louise

    What kind of cancer does it cause?

    June 14, 2011 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Please...

    "Others" – rather than write 'Styrene'? Feeling some corporate pressure there not to 'raise alarm', CNN? Oh don't worry, the risks are 'slight' or 'unknown', so everything's ok. So we should keep using these products and let our kids keep nervously chewing (and swallowing probably) on styrofoam cups at parties. Now worries...Dr Gupta will save us.

    June 14, 2011 at 00:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Nathan

    This is decades old news... Everyone knows Formaldehyde has been linked to cancer for years. I'm pretty sure that is what forced many Insulation companies to switch to Formaldehyde-Free insulation about 10-15 years ago.

    June 14, 2011 at 01:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. tapper

    Well, it's about time....!

    June 14, 2011 at 02:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. HonestJane

    Anything that is in the air that you breathe, you inhale of course. ANYTHING that touches your skin, you skin absorbs. Need I say more?

    June 14, 2011 at 02:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. jeff

    Looks like i picked the wrong week to quit sniffing formaldehyde

    June 14, 2011 at 02:54 | Report abuse | Reply
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  41. mary -collins-davenport

    So that explains tha cause of my moms death she once worked in a medical plant making infant shots up n ny a place called ledarles

    June 14, 2011 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shanu

      Thanks for your comments. Just for full disluoscre, let's look at the group where the Formaldehyde Council is from (according to their own website), "The Formaldehyde Council, Inc. (FCI) was formed by the producers and users of formaldehyde to ensure that accurate information regarding the use of this important compound would be available to the public." No conflict of interest there! But honestly, the comment from the Formaldehyde Council misses my point. I am not a chemist. I'm not even defending the report. I am merely a concerned parent who sees a barage of chemicals that are untested and unregulated in multiple products that people use everyday, out of trust and good faith. If there is even a shred of evidence to suggest that these chemicals are harmful (and I'd say we have more than a shred!) then why put our most vulnerable population at risk? There are alternatives, ask any of the makers of natural products. It is about trust from a company who is touting its goal as being the greenest company in the world. You simply can't talk that way and add potentially harmful chemicals to the products you sell, without people noticing. That is the problem. And I think I am thinking quite critically about this issue. What do you think, readers?

      September 11, 2012 at 21:59 | Report abuse |
  42. katie

    Um, DUH!!! This has been known for decades... Where are they getting these reporters these days??

    June 14, 2011 at 05:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Aprile

      adamBATTAGLIA Posted on whit, your pictures are eaublievnble. sure, i'm really jealous but also REALLY JEALOUS. congrats on what seems to be a successful trip so far. can't wait to see the show.

      April 7, 2012 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  43. Natch

    So getting embalmed is potentially cancerous? Right! I'll keep that in mind!!

    Someone ought to tell the 3rd world, where it's not unusual for them to add formaldehyde to beer, to keep it from going bad (in areas where refrigeration is at a premium, and they don't pasteurize the beer).

    June 14, 2011 at 06:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Topias

    Our small personal care prtucdos company is USDA certified organic and every product that we make is USDA certified. I, too, attended most of the Compact meetings in California and Maryland for 3-4 years. I commented at every meeting about inconsistencies with the Skin Deep rating system and, finally, stopped attending meetings because our concerns were not addressed. One problem that we brought up at nearly every meeting is that, for example, a conventional industrially-produced synthetic detergent or emollient or other ingredient can (and does) score a ZERO rating within Skin Deep because the Skin Deep system does not look deeply enough at the environmentally-polluting and toxic chemical-intensive manufacturing processes that are used to manufacture too many synthetic personal care ingredients. We believe that this method of rating ingredients - not investigating processing/manufacturing methods of synthetic chemical ingredients - is illogical in view of the CFSC's stated objective. When attempting to rank prtucdos for their health impacts, we, and our intelligent organic-minded customers, believe that it is of extreme importance to consider the industrial processing of personal care ingredients (for their oft hidden, behind-the-scenes problems, their energy-intensiveness/fossil-fuel usage, and their negative downstream effects) and the real potential for unnatural toxic contaminant residues in the final ingredients as a result of their chemical processing. The recently exposed, controversial ethoxylation ingredient processing issue with its resulting 1,4 dioxane contamination problem is just one of many potential industrial processing concerns.In addition, it troubles us that USDA certified organic finished prtucdos are not rewarded with higher rankings than conventional mass-produced synthetic prtucdos within Skin Deep. It is significant that a genuine USDA organic certified product that bears the USDA certified organic seal has complied with the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations as the NOP stipulates that ingredients AND, importantly, that ingredient processing methods meet the strict environmental guidelines as detailed in our national organic law.Lastly, we can't help but to wonder who stands to benefit from legislative maneuvers that seem designed to over-regulate small personal care micro-businesses to death...

    September 14, 2012 at 01:09 | Report abuse | Reply

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