As if parents didn't already have enough to worry about, a new report by Environment California found unhealthy levels of toxic formaldehyde in common cribs and changing tables.
A half-dozen baby products, out of 21 tested, emitted formaldehyde at levels high enough to trigger allergy and asthma attacks in children. The report also pointed out that no government agency tests items given to children for such possible off-gassing.
According to the report, cribs and changing tables from Child Craft, Delta, Stork Craft, South Shore Furniture and Jardine Enterprises showed high formaldehyde emissions.
Formaldehyde has been classified as an air contaminant and carcinogen for some time, and according to the Sacramento Bee, the California Environmental Protection Agency has "basically said there's no safe level."
Formaldehyde emissions can be reduced by using solid woods or soy-based glues in composite wood products. According to the Bee, California recently approved rules that will begin regulating the amount of formaldehyde emissions that will be allowed in wood products.
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