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Toxicity & Symptons

Symptoms of Formaldehyde Exposure Include:

  • Eye irritation
  • Nose irritation and cancer of the nose
  • Throat irritation
  • Headaches
  • Skin injury
  • Burnt esophagus
  • Burnt stomach


Formaldehyde can be found naturally in some foods, including:

Note 1: Even if formaldehyde is detected in milk at concentrations less than 5 ppm, it should not be given to children.

Note 2: The concentration of formaldehyde in foods such as milk and meat declines as the food ages.

Note 3: Some crushed fruits and vegetables may contain large amounts of formaldehyde. This includes fresh and in particular old Shitaki and black mushrooms, which can have as much as 75-100 ppm formaldehyde that may INCREASE as the food ages. People sensitive to formaldehyde should avoid eating FRESH uncooked mushrooms and wash them before eating.

Note 4: The concentration of formaldehyde in old fruits and vegetables increases as they start to spoil, in particular if kept unrefrigerated and/or open to light and air.

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