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Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/27/2004
Author Joe Frasca, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Title Formaldehyde Allergens?
Introduction Why does the air in your new or recently purchased home or RV smell so bad, or make you feel sick?


Formaldehyde Allergens?

When home or recreational vehicle products are new or recently remodeled, high indoor temperatures or humidity can cause an increased release of a colorless gas with a pungent odor called formaldehyde. Formaldehyde sources include: particleboard (used as sub-flooring and shelving and in cabinetry and furniture); hardwood plywood paneling (used for decorative wall covering and used in cabinets and furniture); and medium density fiberboard (used for drawer fronts, cabinets, and furniture tops).

"With the rising concern for indoor air quality, and the potential health risks related to exposure to poor air quality conditions, home and recreational vehicle owners have turned to LA Testing for help." State Leslie Boggs, Director of Marketing for LA Testing.

Potential Health Effects
Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans. Health effects include eye, nose, and throat irritation; wheezing and coughing; fatigue; skin rash; severe allergic reactions. May cause cancer. May also cause other effects listed under "organic gases." - Source:

LA Testing has developed a kit to test for formaldehyde - a fast, easy-to-use kit can help you assess which materials are releasing the formaldehyde gas causing your odor or allergenic problems.

For more information on the formaldehyde kit call us toll free at 800-303-0047.