Food Protection

Tens of millions of Americans get sick from eating contaminated or improperly stored or prepared food in the home. This is especially true of leftovers and because of improper refrigeration. Hand washing and proper cleaning and sanitization of surfaces are typically not performed properly, leading to outbreaks of disease. (See Chapter 7, “Food Security and Protection for further information and Best Practices.”)


(See endnote 38)

Formaldehyde is a colorless flammable gas at room temperature with a pungent odor and causes burning to the eyes, nose, and lungs at high concentrations. It is produced by a variety of manufacturing processes and released to the outdoor air from power plants, manufacturing facilities, and automobile exhausts. In indoor air, it is released into the structure from building materials including: most types of particle board used for subflooring, shelving, and room paneling; finished products such as cabinets and furniture; and consumer products and tobacco smoke.

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