Concentration of BPA in cash receipts millions of times higher than in plastic bottles.

by Nick

BPA is present in store receipts.

BPA is present in store receipts.

This is a sobering statistic. We get concerned, quite rightly, about the BPA in the plastics in our homes. But did you know that BPA is also present in the cash receipts you are handed at your local stores?

According to this article at, the concentration of BPA on a cash receipt is literally millions of times higher than in polycarbonate plastic bottles.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

β€œAnd unlike the polycarbonate -- a polymer that's a long string of BPA molecules -- that's in containers, which has to break apart to expose you, the BPA in paper is the raw stuff. Where exposure from a polycarbonate water bottle is measure in nanograms, a single cash register receipt can contain 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA -- millions of times as much.”

As a consumer, this concerns me, because after I handle the receipt I then go home and unpack the food I have just purchased – with a transfer of BPA moving from my hands to the food itself.

Of course, I would be a great deal more concerned if I worked at a till in a high-volume store. The checkout clerks are handling these BPA-laden receipts hundreds of times every day.

Read the full article here...

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