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April 19, 2017

Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society, said that formaldehyde is both worrisome and inescapable. ???It??ôs the smell in new houses, and it??ôs in cosmetics like nail polish,??? he said. ???All a reasonable person can do is manage their exposure and decrease it to as little as possible. It??ôs everywhere.??? Consumers can reduce their exposure to formaldehyde by avoiding pressed-wood products or buying only those that are labeled as U.L.E.F. (ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde), N.A.F. (no added formaldehyde) or C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board) Phase 1 or Phase 2 compliant.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC), an industry group, lashed out at the report, saying it was concerned that politics may have hijacked the scientific process. ???Today's report by HHS made unfounded classifications of both formaldehyde and styrene and will unnecessarily alarm consumers,??? Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the ACC, said in a statement.

The report also listed aristolochic acids, found in some plants, as a known carcinogen and added the fungicide captafol, some inhalable glass wool fibers, cobalt-tungsten carbide, riddelliine and o-Nitrotoluene to the list of substances reasonably anticipated to be carcinogens. Amount and duration of exposure, and susceptibility to a substance were among the many factors that affected whether a person developed cancer, the report said.

This is the 12th cancer list released by the toxicology program at the National Institutes of Health, and each has been controversial. In 2000, controversy erupted over the ninth report??ôs listing of secondhand smoke and tanning beds. The 11th report??ôs listing in 2005 of naphthalene, which is used in mothballs, caused similar concern.