California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has expressed its intention to listfurfuryl alcohol on its Proposition 65 list of chemicals, which is known to the state to cause cancer.
The following are some of the substance’s uses:
- production of furan resins
- solvent in textile printing and alkaline print stripping
- intermediate substance in chemical synthesis processesIt can also be formed in thermal processing and when sugars dehydrate during food applications.A 2014 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report has indicated that exposure to furfuryl alcohol showed an increase of rare nasal tumors in male rats and several types of kidney tumors in male mice.It has also been evaluated in Europe under REACH due to concerns associated with genotoxic effects on humans. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has recommended that registrants test the substance's effects on the stomach, kidney and liver of mice.
Deadline for submission of comments has been set for August 31, 2015.