Bisphenol A in cash register receipts…

According to an article in the L.A. Times, the Environmental Working Group  recently reported that high amounts of Bisphenol A , also known as BPA,  are present in cash register receipts:

In addition to plastic bottles and food can linings, bisphenol A is found in the chemical coating of some thermal papers — the type used in cash registers that turn color when exposed to heat.

Certainly, there would be real concerns if the bisphenol A on receipts readily sloughs off onto the fingers of cashiers and buyers, penetrates several layers of skin and enters the bloodstream at potentially toxic levels, says Kristina Thayer, a scientist at the National Toxicology Program. However, she added, no scientific study has even looked for such a pathway….

But contaminated fingers also could rub an eye or enter a mouth, aiding the chemical’s entry there.

Tell me why I shouldn’t be concerned.

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3 Responses to Bisphenol A in cash register receipts…

  1. Ewwwwwwww!
    I hope you’re washing your hands frequently! ( i personally think that anti-bacterial goop is probably toxic, too) — what the hell are we doing to ourselves???

  2. dearrosie says:

    I too would like to know what the hell we’re doing to ourselves. I don’t use the anti-bacterial “goop” because I also think it’s toxic – but I do rub my eyes.

  3. Mahalia says:

    oi. upsetting but not surprising. maybe you should start wearing special gloves that go with your outfit? someone i used to work with did that, but he was just worried about germs, i think.

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