Volume 92 Issue 33 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: August 18, 2014 | Web Date: August 14, 2014

Formaldehyde Is A Human Carcinogen, National Research Council Says

Toxicology: Report affirms National Toxicology Program’s classification of compound
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: formaldehyde, carcinogen, toxicology, risk assessment, National Research Council

Formaldehyde is a human carcinogen, the National Research Council (NRC) says in a new report. It upholds a federal classification of the chemical that industry has vigorously disputed.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) labeled formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen” in its 2011 “Report on Carcinogens.” In response to industry criticism of the listing, Congress asked NRC to scrutinize NTP’s assessment.

NRC reviewed NTP’s work and conducted its own independent assessment of formaldehyde . . .

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