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France examines toxicity of formamide in consumer products

The French National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Labour (Anses) has published a preliminary scientific report on the toxicity of formamide in consumer products. The agency examined scientific evidence of the toxicity of formamide and analysed the presence of formamide in consumer products. Regarding the toxicity the authors found out that there is significant evidence from animal studies, covering different species and different routes of exposure, indicating that formamide is embryotoxic and teratogenic. But further investigation is needed to determine toxicity to humans. Toxicity has to be analysed in particular to children aged six years and younger, because their reproductive system is not yet developed.

The survey about formamide in consumer products has shown that the presence of formamide in consumer products is relatively low, but nevertheless it was found in certain cleaning products, marker pens and children’s toys especially puzzle maps.

Go to: Formamide: dangers et usages dans les produits de consommation (pdf document, in French) or www.anses.fr

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