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July 16, 1982

Formaldehyde Toxicity-Reply

JAMA. 1982;248(3):309. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030022012

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In Reply.—  The letter by Bender et al accurately reflects the fact that some of our references were misnumbered. This occurred during the process of shortening our reference list for publication and several other editing procedures. We apologize for our error and a correction has been prepared.The study of consumer complaints, which we reported, was necessarily incomplete because of the failure of the urea formaldehyde foam industry to cooperate. We repeatedly asked for, and were promised, a list of homes in the Denver area that had been insulated with urea formaldehyde foam. Not only did the foam industry renege on these promises, but various representatives of suppliers refused to provide information or attend any of our meetings. This list would have allowed us to make a random choice of foam-insulated and unfoamed homes for study. We asked for raw data and all we ever received was eloquent testimony as