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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Chinese plywood very high in formaldehyde

Note this message posted on the Internet by RMA Environmental Consulting of Northern Indiana:

A warehousing operation called us in to examine the air quality in one of their warehouses. One of their customers had received several shipments of plywood from China, and the warehousing operator felt that the atmosphere around the plywood was contaminated. We ran a few tests and determined that formaldehyde was coming off of the plywood. We explained to the warehousing folks that urea formaldehyde is a common adhesive used in the manufacturing of plywood. We also noted that we had never heard of the urea formaldehyde deteriorating into formaldehyde gas. You may have heard in the past couple of years of trailers manufactured for FEMA in which formaldehyde was discovered. Our client, the warehousing operator, was able to reject further shipments of this plywood. Obviously, other folks in the manufactured housing and towable trailer industries were not as wise.