Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Receipts Loaded with BPA
The University of Missouri Division of Biological Sciences laboratory was commissioned to test 36 different store receipts, and found huge amounts of BPA in most of them. The total mass of BPA on a receipt was 250 to 1,000 times greater than the amount of BPA typically found in a can of food or a can of baby formula.
According to EWG Spokesman Alex Formuzis, "BPA is used to coat thermal paper used by major retailers, grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, fast-food restaurants, and automatic teller machines (ATMs). The chemical reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of Americans every day.”
A Swiss study found significant amounts were transferred to the skin simply by grabbing the receipt. People are advised to be sure to wash their hands after handling receipts to keep the BPA from being transferred to food or to the mouth.
Source: EWG and Shine