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Tests clear alleged carcinogenic floors

WOOD floors made by a Shanghai-based company, which provides flooring for up to 10 real estate developers, were found not to contain excessive amounts of cancer-causing formaldehyde, the Shanghai Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision said yesterday.

Shanghai's quality authorities tested 24 kinds of Anxin floor materials produced by A&W (Shanghai) Woods Co Ltd and stored in the warehouse for sales, after claims the formaldehyde the flooring releases was five times higher than the country's standard.

The amount of formaldehyde in all samples met the national standard, the bureau announced. The firm operates two plants in Qingpu District.

Apart from the warehouse stock, quality authorities have tested the Anxin wood flooring used in four local apartment complexes developed by Vanke, and that result will be issued soon, the bureau said.

Before the latest results, Vanke had sent floors produced by A&W for third-party investigation and published the report issued by quality check institutes in Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Qingdao.

The reports, which said all the floors were qualified, failed to soothe worries about the floor quality, as consumers doubted the floors tested represented those in their homes. Consumers said the floors used in their homes might have been produced long before the batches of floors sent for check.

Li Xiaoyan, who first made the cancer claim in an online forum this month, wrote another post to challenge the quality check results published by Vanke last weekend.

Vanke, the country's largest publicly traded property developer, purchased and used wood flooring made by A&W for 29 projects in 16 cities, including Shanghai and Beijing.


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