David Brookstein, executive dean for university research, talked about the use of formaldehyde in apparel in The New York Times Dec. 11. Formaldehyde, which is used as a wrinkle-free agent, can cause the skin condition contact dermatitis in some people. The U.S. doesn’t regulate chemicals used in apparel, and Brookstein said while many retailers follow voluntary standards, not all of them do. “As a scientist, I think it would be good if there was a strong part of the label that said, “Wash before wearing,” he said.
The New York Times story also ran in the International Herld Tribune, Gainesville (FL) Sun, Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, Lakeland (FL) Ledger and on CNBC.com.