Endocrine Disruptors found on 40% of paper receipts   2 comments

PCBs belong to a class of chemicals known as Endocrine Disruptors, meaning they “mimic natural hormones, inhibit the action of hormones, or alter the normal regulatory function of the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems” (Environmental Health Perspectives). While PCBs were phased out of production years ago, other known Endocrine Disruptors continue to be used in manufactured products today. One such chemical is bisphenol A, or BPA. Studies have demonstrated a causal relationship between BPA and reproductive abnormalities in animals. Studies also show a link between these chemicals and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.


BPA can be found in food can lining and baby formulas, as well as many plastics including baby bottles. A recent study by the Environmental Working Group discovered BPA on 40% of paper receipts tested, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Receipts from CVS, Wal-Mart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service also contained alarming amounts of BPA. But organic foodies at Whole Foods can’t rest easy, either; at least one store in the Whole Foods chain gave out BPA-tainted receipts. That means if you decided to snack healthy, bought an organic orange at Whole Foods, took the receipt handed to you, then peeled and ate the orange on your way home, you could very well have eaten the BPA that rubbed off the receipt onto your hands and onto your pricey orange. (Forbes)

The Environmental Working Group made the following recommendations to reduce BPA intake until regulatory action to reduce BPA use takes place:

  • decline receipts whenever you can
  • wash your hands before eating
  • store receipts separately
  • do not using alcohol-based hand cleaners after handling receipts
  • do not lick your fingers while thumbing through receipts

Posted October 28, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Endocrine Disruptors found on 40% of paper receipts

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  1. Does anyone know why the BPAs where found on the receipts, or what part of the printing process they’re involved in? This seems crazy to put known toxins on items that people touch daily…

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