Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 14:05:55 -0700
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From: Robert Weeks <rweeks**At_Symbol_Here**LANL.GOV>
Subject: Re: Paraformaldehyde - carcinogen or not?
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My suggestion would be to look at the Mallinkrodt MSDS for 
paraformaldehyde. They rather strongly suggest that it either is 
presently classified as a carcinogen or will be in the future. One of 
their citations already does classify it as a human carcinogen.


At 10:34 AM 12/3/2009, you wrote:
>This comes up every so often, with strong feelings on both sides, 
>because paraformaldehyde evolves formaldehyde gas (slowly) in 
>solution, under some circumstances.
>What say you?
>Debbie Decker
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