What the? BPA is found in cash register receipts.

August 4th, 2010

This author has posted on Bisphenol A or BPA on a number of occasions as it relates to the use and safety concerns of this chemical building block like product in canned food liners and baby bottles.

My first post relative to BPA was on November 8th of 2008 as part of a two part post and my last was on July 10th of 2010. As you might imagine there has not been much progress by the FDA in eliminating the use of this chemical building block from our products in the United States.

As a refresher the SafeSourcing Wiki defines Bisphenol A (BPA) as a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance plastic that possesses a unique balance of toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance, and excellent electrical resistance. Because of these attributes, polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electrical and electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety equipment, reusable food and drink containers. For many years, polycarbonate plastic has been the material of choice for baby bottles and many reusable water bottles as well as many other products. Bisphenol is the subject of much debate as to its safety as to its safety in food containers particularly baby bottles.

Now according to The Environmental Working Group two-fifths of the paper receipts tested by a major laboratory commissioned by Environmental Working Group were on heat-activated paper that was between 0.8 to nearly 3 percent pure BPA by weight.

This is a potentially larger issue than even the baby bottle issue as virtually anyone that buys a product at any store in this country touches a receipt.

For your education below are the links to several of my prior posts.

1. Part I of II. Reexamining BPA Bispenol A in North America
2. What procurement professionals need to know about purchasing products that contain Bisphenol A or BPA
3. We-need-to-avoid-bisphenol-a-or-bpa-and-retailers-need-to-avoid-offering-products-that-contain-it/

We hope you find this information is useful. Please do your part and buy product that do not contain BPA.

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