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CPSC bill to be modified to regulate toxic formaldehyde
Mar '08
U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced an amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reform bill that would help protect Americans from dangerous levels of formaldehyde in textiles including clothes, draperies, fabric and carpeting. The amendment would require the CPSC to regulate and test formaldehyde in textiles.

“The CPSC has identified formaldehyde as a potential hazard but has failed to regulate it in textiles,” said Casey. “American consumers can't test these products on their own and American manufacturers should not have to compete with corner cutting competitors. It is time the Consumer Product Safety Commission does its job and keeps Americans safe by testing for formaldehyde to protect consumers from this poison.”

“The CPSC needs to update its authority to meet the challenges of a global supply chain,” Brown said. “Consumers deserve to know the clothes they wear will not make them sick. Protecting American families from formaldehyde in textiles is overdue.”

“CDC testing has found that formaldehyde was so dangerous in Gulf Coast trailers that the agency is asking residents to move out. But many people in my state are already sick. At a hearing I chaired yesterday, a CDC representative said the dangers of formaldehyde have been known since the 1980s. What is very clear is that the government needs to step up and prevent this carcinogen from being used in the products Americans wear and touch,” said Landrieu.

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