The Dangers of BPA *important*

Posted by M ws On Friday, July 13, 2012 0 comments
Two days ago, the American Chemical Society reported that people are being exposed to higher levels of the substitute for BPA in cash register thermal paper receipts and many of the other products that engendered concerns about the health effects of bisphenol A, according to a new study. Believed to be the first analysis of occurrence of bisphenol S (BPS) in thermal and recycled paper and paper currency, the report appears in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology. CLICK HERE for details.

According to Polymer Solutions, Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used for manufacturing items such as polycarbonate plastics for water bottles and resin liners for food cans. However, it can leach out of products, is considered an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and has been linked to a range of health problems.

Although diet appears to be the main source of human exposure, researchers are examining various routes including dermal absorption.

BPA has been used as a color developer on thermal receipt paper, including cash register receipts and tickets. Researchers have reported that BPA can transfer from receipts to paper money during handling.

Now, they report that recycling of thermal receipt papers is a source of BPA contamination of paper napkins, toilet paper, food packaging, and other paper products, writes Michael Woods, Assistant Director for Science Communications in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. MORE HERE.

Today, US NEWS reported that BPA Substitute Lurks in Paper Money, Receipts. Even though BPS is replacing more well-known toxin, experts say it may come with dangers of its own. CLICK HERE for more.

American Chemical Society carried an article HERE about BPA Replacement Permeates Paper Products
Endocrine Disrupters: Researchers report first data on Bisphenol A alternative in receipts. There, Janet Pelley wrote that Concerns about the health effects of bisphenol A have led manufacturers to produce and market BPA-free products. However, a new study has found that one of the compounds that replaces BPA is just as prevalent in paper products and could lead to significant human exposure (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es300876n). Because of these results, the scientists who performed the study say that toxicology research is desperately needed on the BPA alternative. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

Perhaps some experts or concerned citizens out there would like to share their views. Please leave a comment to voice your concerns. Thanks!

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