After the recent flooring scare in the media, we should all be aware of formaldehyde. It is in everything from building materials to personal care products. It is also naturally occurring and can be found in wood and the atmosphere. BUT, because it’s everywhere does not make it healthy!
In fact, it is a probable Carcinogen according to the EPA and is listed in the President’s Cancer Panel report as a known carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) recognizes formaldehyde as a human carcinogen, so does the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Yet, formaldehyde is used abundantly throughout the world. Paints, pesticides, cosmetics, bedding, wood products, clothing, and combustion from cigarette smoke and appliances are just a few sources. Even a “dollar bill uses ink that contains formaldehyde” and our automobiles; cars and trucks are laden with this chemical from bumper to bumper. www.formaldehydefacts.org