Do You Want Your Receipt?

Receipt

Next time you make a purchase and the cashier asks if you want the receipt, you might want to say “no thanks!” because that receipt could make you sick. No, I’m not talking about the germs that might be on that tiny piece of paper, I’m talking about the toxic synthetic chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA).

Turns out the thermal printers used to print out those receipts use bisphenol A which is absorbed through the skin. Bisphenol A is a potent carcinogen, and neurotoxic  chemical, that has been linked to over 50 adverse health effects.

And while you’re thinking about how much you’ve been exposed over the years of being handed receipts, think about the poor cashier who has to hand one to every customer who comes through her line, all day long.

Additionally, it has been shown the absorption greatly increases when the BPA is mixed with certain other substances like hand sanitizers which many cashiers use often throughout the day to protect themselves from the germs on the money they handle.

You can read more about this issue in a report published by http://www.ehponline.org 

The abstract is entitled “Bisphenol A, Bisphenol S, and 4-Hydroxyphenyl 4-Isoprooxyphenylsulfone (BPSIP) in Urine and Blood of Cashiers