Chemical BPA found on the receipts of the cash registers

July 28th, 2010 - 8:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, July 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Bisphenol A is used in some cash register to print receipts. According to reports several outlets including, Wal-Mart, McDonalds, CVS, KFC, Chevron and the United States House of Reps’s cafeteria all had receipts that had BPA traces. But the safety of the chemical is in doubt.

Though the Foods and Drugs Administration in the United States previously said that BPA is not harmful, the agency recently admitted that there are concerns about the chemical. The chemical has been linked with heart disease, breast cancer and diabetes among other serious health problems.

A research group that carried out the investigations also found out that other companies like Target, Bank of America and the United States Senate Cafeteria all had receipts that were BPA free.

The companies, which still use BPA, are exposing their employee to high exposure of the chemical, according to the researchers. The researchers said a typical employee who handles the cash register machine would be exposed to hundreds to thousands of contaminated receipts every day they go to work.

They however advised that to protect yourself, avoid receiving all receipts that are not necessary, like the ATM receipt and always keep the receipts in an envelope, away from where you will have any direct contact.

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