Product News and Recalls

Drywall made in China found to emit harmful chemicals

January 13, 2009 – Knauf Plasterboard is a German-based company and an international supplier of building materials. Recently, drywall made by Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Co. Ltd. of China has been reported to emit a foul-smelling sulfur compound that blackens and corrodes metals such as chrome, brass and silver. This can affect everything from appliances to silverware to plumbing; more importantly, it can cause a health hazard. Although the problem originated in Florida, complaints have begun appearing in Virginia. Although the drywall is built in China, it is believed that some of Kanfu’s material is marked as being from Mexico, though they do not have any manufacturing in Mexico. Sadly, much of the plasterboard was imported for use in the rebuilding efforts that followed Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina. Further details can be found here.