CDC Review Finds No Link Between Problem Drywall and 11Reported Deaths


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January 31, 2011
Release #11-115
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CDC Review Finds No Link Between Problem Drywall and 11 Reported Deaths

A review provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health finds that there is no evidence linking exposure to problem drywall and 11 reported deaths. The CDC review confirms the results of previous reviews conducted by CPSC into these deaths, which also found no link to problem drywall.

The CDC review (pdf), which was requested by CPSC, summarizes investigations by state public health authorities of the available medical records of 11 people who died and had previously lived in or visited homes reported to contain problem drywall. State public health authorities concluded that problem drywall was not a factor in the deaths. The CDC review was limited to the 11 deceased individuals.

CPSC is in the final stages of completing its scientific investigation into problem dryw all. As part of this process, CPSC has requested that the CDC consider undertaking a comprehensive study of any possible long-term health effects.

For additional findings from the Interagency Drywall Task Force’s investigation, visit

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

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The Drywall Information Center ( provides information on the Federal government’s Interagency Drywall Taskforce investigation of problem drywall.  CPSC has received over 2,000 reports from residents in more than 30 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to the presence of drywall produced in China.

To report suspected problem drywall, visit or call    1-800-638-2772  1-800-638-2772    1-800-638-2772  1-800-638-2772      1-800-638-2772  1-800-638-2772    1-800-638-2772  1-800-638-2772 .

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