California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

California won’t list furfuryl alcohol under Prop 65

California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has announced it will not list furfuryl alcohol, also known as 2-furanmethanol, as a chemical known to the State to cause cancer under Proposition 65 [1].

The substance is formed in foods during thermal processing and as a result of the dehydration of sugars, and is used to produce furan resins [2], as a chemical intermediate in the synthesis of other chemicals, and asa solvent in textile printing and alkaline


Food Chemical News, July 28, 2015 08:05 PM, by Ingrid Mezo (via


[1] Proposition 65 requires the State of California to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

[2] Furfural and its many By-products



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