Formaldehyde is a common precursor to more complex compounds and materials. Products made from formaldehyde include counter top laminates, glue for plywood, and a number of plastics. The textile industry uses formaldehyde-based resins as finishers to make fabrics crease-resistant. Formaldehyde-based materials are key to the manufacture of automobiles. Most concerning is the use of formaldehyde or formaldehyde releasing products as anti-bacterials in cosmetic products.
In view of its widespread use, toxicity and volatility, exposure to formaldehyde is a significant consideration for human health. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program described formaldehyde as “known to be a human carcinogen”.
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