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Shanghai watchdog removes floorings after quality, label problems

Floorings sold at the Meilong outlet of B&Q China were removed from the store because the formaldehyde emission level indicator was not labeled, Shanghai's quality watchdog said today.

The batch of bamboo floorings made by Zhejiang Tarzen Bamboo and Wood Products Co Ltd were not marked with the formaldehyde emission level as required, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau said.

Meanwhile, wood floorings produced by Shanghai Lize Wood Co Ltd failed tests for containing excessive formaldehyde and were also removed from stores. The country's E1-level standard for flooring stipulates that formaldehyde content should be lower than 1.5 milligrams per liter.

Excessive formaldehyde can cause headaches, dermatitis, eczema and, in large quantities, malignant tumors, leukemia and infertility.


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