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Formaldehyde Banned from Children’s Products in Minnesota

EMSL Analytical provides testing for harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde in consumer products.


Cinnaminson, NJ, May 13, 2013

State representatives in Minnesota have voted to ban formaldehyde, a cancer causing chemical, from children’s personal care products in an effort to protect children from toxic chemicals. The ban was approved after a 113-13 vote on Friday.

This ban will prohibit companies from intentionally using formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives in products intended for children under the age of eight. This will apply to children’s products such as soaps, lotions, shampoos, and bubble baths. Companies have until August 1, 2014 to remove these products from store shelves.

Formaldehyde is a commonly used chemical compound primarily in manufacture building materials and various household products. The colorless, flammable, and strong-smelling chemical is not considered an ingredient, and therefore consumers will not find it listed on product labels.

“Formaldehyde is considered a human carcinogen and a cancer causing substance by the International Agency for Research on Cancer,” states Diane Miskowski, MPH, Business Development Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “EMSL Analytical helps companies and consumers identify potential harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in consumer products and environmental samples in our FDA-registered laboratories across the United States and Canada.”

For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit,, or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is the nation’s leading testing laboratory with over 30 locations throughout the United States and Canada. We are a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, microbiology, radon, food, and materials testing services to professionals and the general public.  Please visit our website for a complete listing of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.



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