BPA-coated Receipts

Cash register receipts may be coated with BPA.

It’s getting to be that time again…April 15th is just two months away!  If you’re  busy gathering up a year’s worth of your receipts, you might want to consider using some gloves during the process.

A study by the Environmental Working Group revealed that BPA (bisphenol-A) is not just showing up in plastic bottles and food cans, but in many cash register receipts printed on BPA-coated thermal paper.  BPA is a synthetic estrogen with strong evidence that it causes reproductive abnormalities, gene alterations and cancer.  According to the EWG, the amount of BPA is 250 to 1,000 times higher on one of these receipts than the amount in a typical food can.   Continue reading “BPA-coated Receipts”

Bisphenol A (BPA) in Canned Foods

Potentially harmful levels of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a known endocrine disruptor, were found in common canned foods.  Researchers of the National Work Group for Safe Markets, a coalition of public health and environmental health groups, tested 50 cans for BPA contamination.  BPA is the key compound in epoxy resin linings that keeps food fresher longer.  The chemical lining also prevents the food from interacting with the metal and altering the taste.   Continue reading “Bisphenol A (BPA) in Canned Foods”