Senator asks for federal investigation of Lumber Liquidators

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NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Senator is requesting that regulators investigate Lumber Liquidators following a report that said the company's laminate flooring made in China may not meet California's health and safety standards.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter Wednesday to the heads of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Trade Commission. The Florida Democrat is calling for independent testing of the laminate flooring to see if it potentially poses a health risk to the public.

"60 Minutes" reported Sunday that Lumber Liquidators' laminate flooring made in China contains high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Lumber Liquidators has said that its products comply with applicable regulations.

Lumber Liquidators, based in Toano, Virginia, did not have an immediate comment on Sen. Nelson's action.