Toxic Mix: Cash Register Receipts and Hand Sanitizer
Are you one of the millions of Americans who have switched to BPA-free bottles and other containers?
If so, that’s great. You’re reducing your exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical that’s linked to a multitude of serious and life-threatening conditions.
But you’re probably still being exposed to shockingly high amounts of BPA from a source you may have never suspected: cash register receipts.
The glossy surface of thermal-paper receipts from restaurants, retail stores, self-service fuel pumps, and ATMs is full of BPA, which is an essential part of the thermal printing process. If you touch this glossy surface more than a few seconds, you immediately start absorbing potentially harmful amounts of BPA into your body.
“Unfortunately, this is a chemical that’s perfectly designed to penetrate the skin,” says Frederick S. vom Saal, a University of Missouri-based researcher. Full Story.