Lumber Liquidators suspends sales of Chinese-sourced laminate flooring

Lumber Liquidators suspends sales of Chinese-sourced laminate flooring

TOANO, VA (WBTV) - Flooring giant Lumber Liquidators has suspended sales of its laminate flooring sourced from China, the company announced Thursday.

The move comes two months after the company announced it would voluntarily launch a program for customers to monitor air quality at their homes. Last week the company also told investors that it expects to face federal criminal charges relating to its practices of sourcing wood from China.

Thursday's announcement deals with laminate floor that came from China. According to a release from the company, more than 97 percent of customers that have tested the air quality of their homes have found levels of formaldehyde that fall within the World Health Organization's acceptable range.

International scrutiny was placed on Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring after a 60 Minutes investigation found the company's flooring contained levels of formaldehyde that exceeded California standards.

There is no national standard for the chemical set by the US government.

In a release, Lumber Liquidators' president and CEO said the move to suspend sales of its Chinese-sourced laminate flooring is a precautionary measure.

"Despite the initial positive air quality testing results we have received, we believe it is the right decision to suspend the sale of these products." Lynch said. "We will work diligently to meet the needs of our customers and to ensure their satisfaction."

Customers whose homes did test for increased levels of formaldehyde will receive follow-up sampling, the release said.

The company also cited concerns that its Chinese suppliers were knowingly mislabeling its products as compliant with California laws as another reason for the suspension of sales.

"Based on the review to date, it appears that the Company's Chinese laminate flooring suppliers have sold product to the Company that the suppliers have certified and labeled as compliant with California formaldehyde standards," Lumber Liquidators said in its release.

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