Daily Archives: July 28, 2010

Don’t Look Now But You Probably Have BPA in your Purse

There has been a recent wave of media concerning the presence of harmful BPA (bisphenol A) in plastics and water bottles, and hopefully by now you’ve been smart and switched over to bpa-free stainless water bottles or glass drinking bottles. And now there is a new BPA source which is just being exposed…

If you save stacks of receipts from your purchases, you may be storing piles of BPA and not even know it. Now, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) says some tested receipts from stores such as Safeway, Walmart, McDonalds, Whole Foods, US Postal Service and KFC also contained high BPA levels which could be harmful to your health with excessive handling (receipts from Target and Starbucks tested clear of BPA). 

According to the EWG, BPA reacts with dye on receipts and thermal paper to form what appears to be ink, even though it’s actually a dye reaction. Experts say that what is worrisome is that receipts are handled all the time by most of the public. Although slight contact may not be a major issue, those who handle receipts as part of their job should be conscious of washing their hands more frequently.

You can check to see if your receipts could contain BPA by rubbing it with a coin. Thermally treated BPA receipts will discolor when friction is applied, whereas regular paper will not. Experts say awareness is the biggest factor; if you are aware the receipts contain BPA, then avoid excessive handling and if you need to save the receipts, file them away and do not keep them in your purse or areas where you will continually be handling them when it isn’t necessary.

BPA has been proven to contribute to heart disease, diabetes and other developmental issues in children.


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