Is Bisphenol-A Everywhere?

paper receipts 2paper receipts 1bpa moleculeMaybe not everywhere, but that infamous endocrine/hormone disruptor, BPA pictured above, is where everyone is exposed to it – REGISTER and ATM receipts.

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Evironmental Working Group (EWG) in 2010 found that 40% of paper receipts contained nearly 3% pure BPA. Swiss scientists found that the BPA readily transfers to fingers, penetrates the skin, and is absorbed in the blood.

As you might expect, retail workers who  daily handle cash register and credit card receipts had the highest levels of BPA in their bodies – 30% more than other adults.

Not all receipts are coated with BPA, in fact, 60% were not, however, you cannot tell which is which. Ask the manager of your favorite stores if their receipts are printed on paper free of BPA.

The source of this information, the EWG, was dated July 2010, so the situation may have changed. All the more reason to inquire of your favorite stores.


About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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