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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Japan\Europe have gotten low formaldehyde products for 20 years
It is a sad fact that for 20 years suppliers in China have been sending products low in formaldehyde to Japan and Europe, while sending high formaldehyde products to the U.S. that has had no regulations regarding formaldehyde levels in imported products. An article in Furniture Today (link listed under formaldehyde news on the lower right of this page) quotes Bill Perdue, American Home Furniture Assn., vice president of environmental, safety and health issues and standards, as saying: “Many of the industry's suppliers are offshore and have met the European and Japanese standards two decades.” AHFA is supporting formaldehyde regulations.