24 March 2023 Bulletin

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Formaldehyde is a chemical compound made up of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. It is naturally produced by all life forms as part of cell metabolism and it is written formulaically as: H-CHO. Formaldehyde is the simplest form of an aldehyde. The compound comes in various forms, including a colourless, pungent gas and a linear polymer called paraformaldehyde. A third form is the cyclic trimer metaformaldehyde. In 2011, the US National Toxicology Program categorised formaldehyde as a human carcinogen. [1,2]

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