CDC Warns of Cancer Risk from Types of Laminate Flooring

Released: 2/24/2016

Certain types of laminate flooring emit formaldehyde and are associated with an estimated cancer risk of 6 to 30 cases per 100,000 people, says the CDC and other health regulators.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tested the formaldehyde levels of laminate flooring samples made in China and sold by Lumber Liquidators,

Exposure to the flooring could also exacerbate respiratory symptoms in patients with COPD and asthma, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation, the CDC said.

Health regulators recommend reducing exposure to formaldehyde by improving ventilation, using dehumidifiers and clearing the collection tray regularly.