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Developers investigate flooring after cancer claim

By Lu Feiran (Shanghai Daily)

09:54, February 21, 2012

Real estate developers are investigating a type of wood flooring produced by a Shanghai-based company, after claims it was releasing excessive amounts of a carcinogen.

Anxin floors, produced by A&W (Shanghai) Woods Co Ltd, are said to have been used in several real estate projects in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Chengdu, and by several leading property developers, including Vanke and Longfor.

Shanghai's quality authorities are also testing the flooring. Their findings are expected later this week.

Last week, Li Xiaoyan, who said she was a deputy editor-in-chief for a construction materials magazine, claimed on an online forum that Anxin flooring was substandard and contained excessive levels of formaldehyde. She said the formaldehyde the flooring releases was five times higher than the country's standard.

She also said the flooring would last just two years. Her post said that since 2008, A&W had provided flooring for up to 10 real estate developers.

China Vanke, the country's largest publicly traded property developer, told Xinhua news agency yesterday it was investigating potential problems in the wood flooring. The group has begun quality checks on its stock of flooring materials and the results will be published at the end of the month.

Tan Huajie, secretary of China Vanke's board of directors, said it purchased and used wood flooring made by A&W for 29 projects in 16 cities, including Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.

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