Lumber Liquidators Suspends Sale of Chinese-Made Laminate Flooring

Lumber Liquidators has halted sale of all laminate flooring made in China. The news comes a week after the company disclosed that the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against the company.

A “60 Minutes” report that aired on March 1, found that Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring contained formaldehyde in amounts considered toxic. The report found that samples of flooring found in Lumber Liquidators that were imported from China did not meet California health and safety standards.

In a press release Thursday, the company announced that it had sent approximately 26,000 testing kits to nearly 15,000 Lumber Liquidators customers and approximately 11,000 of those testing kits were returned.  As of May 1, 2015, over 3,400 testing kits from approximately 2,600 households with laminate flooring sourced from China had been reviewed and analyzed. Of those households, over 97% had indicated indoor air concentrations of formaldehyde that were within the guidelines set by the World Health Organization as protective against sensory irritation and long-term health effects.

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Robert M. Lynch, president and Chief Executive Officer stated in the press release, “We developed this testing program to address questions raised by customers about the air quality in their homes. Although these tests do not identify the specific source of any formaldehyde emissions, we believe this testing provides valuable information for our customers.”