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Receipts Big Source of BPA – Detox Diva

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kioskDo you put out your hand to accept a receipt only to drop it into your purse or stuff it into your pocket until you can put it in the trash? You might want to ask the clerk to throw it out for you instead. As reported in Science News, John C. Warner, an organic chemist who worked in the industry of receipt making in the 1990s, remembered that the paper was coated in bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a plasticizer that has been found to increase risk of breast cancer, reproductive problems, learning disabilities, and more.

Looking to see if BPA is still loaded on receipt paper, Warner tested receipts as recently as September, 2009, to find that “The average cash register receipt that’s out there and uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA.”

“When people talk about polycarbonate bottles, they talk about nanogram quantities of BPA,” Warner observes. “The average cash register receipt that’s out there and uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA.”

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By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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