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Monday, February 22, 2016
USA Today reports that: Certain types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators (LL) have a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously believed, U.S. health regulators said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that people who purchased the China-made flooring are about three times more likely to get cancer than it had calculated earlier this month — a revelation that rattled investors, who sent Lumber Liquidators stock down 19.8% to close at $11.40. The CDC had said on Feb. 10 that formaldehyde levels in select versions of the company's laminate flooring could cause two to nine cancer cases per 100,000 people. The new estimate is six to 30 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC said Monday. Lumber Liquidators sells more than $120 million annually in laminate flooring, including products from the U.S. and Europe, according to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last year, it suspended sales of China-made laminates after accusations of carcinogenic qualities surfaced. Tessy Contreras, a homemaker from Texas City, Tex., and her husband Gilberto installed Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring affected by the issue in their home two to three years ago. She said Monday's revelation was scary because she has 6-year-old and 15-year-old sons in the house. She had completed air-quality tests with Lumber Liquidators last year after the concerns first emerged.