Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Widespread Exposure to BPA Substitute Is Occurring from Cash Register Receipts, other paper

"growing evidence of the potentially toxic effects of BPA has led some manufacturers to replace it with BPS in thermal paper and other products. BPS is closely related to BPA, with some of the same estrogen-mimicking effects, and unanswered questions exist about whether it is safer. Nevertheless, very little is known about BPS occurrence in the environment, the scientists noted. To fill that knowledge gap, they analyzed 16 types of paper from the U.S., Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

The study detected BPS in all the receipt paper they tested, 87 percent of the samples of paper currency and 52 percent of recycled paper. The researchers estimate that people may be absorbing BPS through their skin in larger doses than they absorbed BPA when it was more widely used -- 19 times more BPS than BPA. People who handle thermal paper in their jobs may be absorbing much more BPS."

BPA was yet another major toxin the majority of us were unknowingly exposed to on a grand scale. It has been linked to sterility in males, earlier puberty in females, and behavioral problems in children. Several studies have linked it to obesity and diabetes, and even homosexuality.
The hard fact is that it still encompasses our plastics, inks, and papers on a daily basis. Outcry led to many substituting it with this BPS chemical, time will tell if this replacement is any safer.

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