The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of
Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced the
addition of furfuryl alcohol to the list of chemicals known to the state to
cause cancer in accordance with Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) regulations.

OEHHA describes furfuryl alcohol as “formed in foods during thermal
processing and as a result of the dehydration of sugars,” noting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally identified
the chemical as one that causes cancer. In particular, OEHHA cites the
2014 EPA report titled Cancer Assessment Document, Evaluation of the
Carcinogenic Potential of Furfural and Furfuryl Alcohol, as satisfying
“the formal identification and sufficiency of evidence criteria in the
Proposition 65 regulations for furfuryl alcohol.”


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