Analysis: Science hasn't established consensus on formaldehyde

10/12/2012 | Forbes

The federal Report on Carcinogens' listing of formaldehyde as causing cancer and leukemia is problematic because it doesn't reflect findings by the National Academy of Sciences, notes Emily Willingham. There is "no consensus about formaldehyde and its effects in humans or even about RoC 12 itself," she writes. A study update on formaldehyde-exposed workers should offer more insight, says Scott Jensen of the American Chemistry Council; meanwhile, there is "far more uncertainty about whether the existing data support an association between [formaldehyde] and leukemia."

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