01 Nov '11, 2pm

Check Your Receipt: It May Be Tainted: In thermal receipts, the chemical compound BPA is often used as a color

American Chemical Society Thermal receipts, center, are by far the leading source of BPA in paper products, followed by tickets, newspapers and fliers. Experts worry about people who handle them all day. Over eight billion pounds of bisphenol-A , a chemical compound used in making plastic products and the linings of tin cans, are produced annually worldwide. Known as BPA, the substance turns up in human tissues, too. Because the chemical can leach out of products and into food, diet is the most obvious means of human exposure. However, recent research shows that the chemical can be absorbed into human skin in a less familiar way: the handling of receipts. “If we see BPA every day, and it accumulates in our bodies, it might pose a risk,” says Chunyang Liao, an environmental scientist with the New York State Department of Health and an author of a study in the journal Enviro...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/check-your-rece...

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