Saturday, 31 July 2010

Chemical BPA Found on Cash Register Receipts

Laboratory tests found high levels of the estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A on 40% of cash register receipts from major U.S. businesses, the Environmental Working Group today reports.

BPA levels higher than those in canned foods, baby bottles and infant formula were detected on at least one of several receipts from Chevron, McDonalds, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Safeway, the U.S. Postal Service, Walmart and the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria, according to the private Washington-based research group.
BPA, a plastic hardener linked to breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems, reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of Americans every day.

"A typical employee at any large retailer who runs the register could handle hundreds of the contaminated receipts in a single day at work," said Jane Houlihan, the group's senior vice president for research.

You will find that a great deal of present day illnesses are caused by environmental contamination. The effects of a slow poisoning are very subtle and hard to detect.

For more on the effects of Bisphenol-A (BPA), see here.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 31st, 2010.]

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