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Editors: Victoria C. Muñoz
Book Description:
Formaldehyde, one of the most widely produced chemicals in the world, is used in many products, including disinfectants, pressed wood and clothing and other textiles. Exposure to this chemical, which has been linked to adverse health effects for more than 30 years, typically occurs through inhalation and dermal contact. Formaldehyde can be used to enhance wrinkle resistance in some clothing and textiles, especially those made of cotton. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reviewed formaldehyde in clothing in the 1980s and determined that the levels found did not pose a public health concern. At that time, most clothing sold in the U.S. was made here, but the market has changed such that most U.S. clothing is now made in other countries. This book examines this market change which has raised new questions about the levels and dangers of formaldehyde in apparel, textiles and other consumer products. (Imprint: Nova)

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Table of Contents:

Formaldehyde in Textiles: While Levels in Clothing Generally Appear to be Low, Allergic Contact Dermatitis is a Health Issue for Some People, pp. 1-56

Testimony of Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD, FAAP, on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, Hearing on "Formaldehyde in Textiles and Consumer Products", pp. 57-62

Testimony of David Brookstein, Sc.D., Dean and Professor, School of Engineering & Textiles, Philadelphia University, before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, Hearing on "Use of Formaldehyde and other Toxic Materials in Textiles and Apparel", pp. 63-74

Testimony of Dr. Phillip Wakelyn, before the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, Hearing on "Formaldehyde in Textiles and Consumer Products", pp. 75-89

Medical Management Guidelines for Formaldehyde (HCHO), pp. 91-113


      Public Health in the 21st Century
      Chemistry Research and Applications
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 6 x 9 (NBC - G) 124pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-61324-839-3
   Status: AV
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