U.S. health officials say people exposed to certain types of flooring made by Lumber Liquidators face a higher risk for cancer than previously thought. The CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was notified February 13 of an error in its report released February 10, 2016, about the possible health effects from exposure to formaldehyde emitted from select laminate flooring samples.
The CDC claims that the estimated risk of cancer from laminate floors is six to 30 cases for every 100,000 people. The CDC, in a notice on its website dated February 18, said it had used an incorrect value to calculate ceiling height in its previous report published on February 10.
It previously estimated two to nine cases for every 100,000 people. Health hazards related to Lumber Liquidators' toxic flooring could be higher than previously thought, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said. The CDC says exposure to the revised formaldehyde levels in indoor air could cause increased symptoms and other respiratory issues for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Lumber Liquidators has stopped selling floors made in China. Lumber Liquidators sells more than $120 million annually in laminate flooring, including products from the U.S. The CDC says homeowners can reduce the amount of formaldehyde in their homes by letting in fresh air for a few minutes every few days and choosing products with low or no formaldehyde.
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