MOSCOW, October 10 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor has banned imports of wood-based panels produced by Krono-Ukraine, stating that those panels contain high levels of formaldehyde, the watchdog reported Friday on its official website.
"The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing [Rospotrebnadzor] reports that during the federal state sanitary and epidemiological inspection of the wood-based panels produced by Krono-Ukraine (Ukraine), the study revealed breaches of the law," the statement reads.
The inspected wood-based panels contain extremely high levels of formaldehyde.
According to the classification of dangerous goods, formaldehyde belongs to the Class 2 Dangerous goods. It is flammable and highly reactive at room temperature. It is associated with cancer and might influence reproductive organs, respiratory tract, eyes, skin and central nervous system, Rospotrebnadzor reports.
Taking this into account, Rospotrebnadzor has suspended the imports of wood-based panels produced by Krono-Ukraine into the Russian Federation.
The relevant information was forwarded to the Federal Customs Service of Russia and to Rospotrebnadzor's regional bodies.