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Widespread Exposure to BPA Substitute Is Occurring from Cash Register Receipts, Other Paper


Widespread exposure to Bisphenol S, a BPA substitute, is occurring from cash register receipts and other paper products. (Credit: ACS)

From the 11 July 2012 article at Science News Daily

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

…The study detected BPS in all the receipt paper they tested, 87 percent of the samples of paper currency and 52 percent of recycled paper. The researchers estimate that people may be absorbing BPS through their skin in larger doses than they absorbed BPA when it was more widely used — 19 times more BPS than BPA. People who handle thermal paper in their jobs may be absorbing much more BPS.

July 12, 2012 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , , ,

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