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B&Q broke rules on toxic formaldehyde

BRITISH home improvement giant B&Q sold flooring at a Shanghai outlet without information on levels of toxic formaldehyde, the city’s quality watchdog said yesterday.

Bamboo flooring made by Zhejiang Tarzen Bamboo and Wood Products Co Ltd on sale at B&Q in Meilong, Minhang District, was not marked with formaldehyde emission levels, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said.

Meanwhile, inspectors found wood flooring produced by Shanghai Lize Wood Co Ltd contained excessive formaldehyde.

China’s flooring standards stipulate that formaldehyde content should be less than 1.5 milligrams per liter.

Excessive levels of formaldehyde can cause headaches, dermatitis, eczema. Exposure to large quantities is linked to tumors, leukemia and infertility.

In its latest inspection, the bureau checked 139 batches of wood flooring, finding quality problems with 15.

Most substandard products didn’t include formaldehyde emission level indicators on packaging, while others were found to be poor quality and incorrect sizes.

A batch of wood flooring sold by Shanghai Red Star Macalline Furniture failed in size criteria.

The substandard products had been taken off the shelves.



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