expectations are: when you purchase a product it will be manufactured to pass
the health and safety standards set for that type of product. If anywhere along the manufacturing process
someone breaches this trust, people can get hurt.
You, the consumer,
are the end of the line.
on its 60 Minutes show did an expose on overseas factories using formaldehyde
in wood products (in this case flooring), in quantities that far exceeds US safety
standards. These US standards are called
CARB 2 Compliant. Formaldehyde is a
known human carcinogen.
And now we have this scandal about wood
flooring, and it should come as no surprise!
So why would anyone
purposely buy and install cabinets where the risks and the consequences could
be so dire?
Money has to
be the answer. Why do foreign cabinets cost less money? They are not built
better, do not have better finishes, and do not offer more door styles. Part
but not all of the answer is labor costs.
The rest of the answer has to be
that they are willing to risk your health to save money and increase their
governments can get confused in the mix of money vs. safety. After Katrina, FEMA purchased trailers from a
foreign company. FEMA was blamed for
exposing thousands of people to toxic chemicals in these mobile homes.
And here is
another consideration. Most American
cabinet manufacturers belong to the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers
Association). They practice Environmental
Stewardship. They have an ongoing commitment
to environmental practices and sustainability.
(think North American here); made with American hard woods; meeting American
standards and properly inspected and tested.
You and your
family will be safe. The environment
will be protected.
Posted by Roger Hirschman
Labels: Cabinets 101, formaldehyde, Kitchen Design, product safety