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12th Report on Carcinogens: Formaldehyde Listed as Known Human Carcinogen

On June 10, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program issued the 12th edition of its Report on Carcinogens (RoC) and, for the first time, listed formaldehyde as a known human carcinogen. This new listing represents a significant change from the 11th RoC, issued in 2005, which classifies formaldehyde as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

The RoC is a scientific and public health document that provides information to the public about substances that put people in the United States at risk for cancer. A substance listed in the RoC indicates a potential hazard. The RoC includes 240 listings, with 54 substances classified as known human carcinogens.

You can learn more about NFDA's interpretation of the findings in the RoC here.


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