Feeling Safer Yet?

God, how I love unregulated chemicals!

As lawmakers and health experts wrestle over whether a controversial chemical, bisphenol-A, should be banned from food and beverage containers, a new analysis by an environmental group suggests Americans are being exposed to BPA through another, surprising route: paper receipts.

The Environmental Working Group found BPA on 40 percent of the receipts it collected from supermarkets, automated teller machines, gas stations and chain stores. In some cases, the total amount of BPA on the receipt was 1,000 times the amount found in the epoxy lining of a can of food, another controversial use of the chemical.

Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with the environmental group, says BPA’s prevalence on receipts could help explain why the chemical can be detected in the urine of an estimated 93 percent of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We’ve come across potentially major sources of BPA right here in our daily lives,” Lunder said. “When you’re carrying around a receipt in your wallet for months while you intend to return something, you could be shedding BPA into your home, into your environment. If you throw a receipt into a bag of food, and it’s lying there against an apple, or you shove a receipt into your bag next to a baby pacifier, you could be getting all kinds of exposure and not realize it.”

3 thoughts on “Feeling Safer Yet?

  1. Thank you, Susie, for all these great health related finds!

    When I was in the hospital (30 days for a stupid, stupid boiling water spill — in NJ’s burn speciality center at St. Barnabas Hospital. Boy, are they good.), I was telling everyone at all interested in the results of the Princeton study of high fructose corn syrup. And I have cut as much as possible any manufactured foods listing HFCS.

    It was kind of scary noting the number of foods with HFCS on the hospital’s list of of available food and beverage.

    Burn patients, I learned, are urged to eat a very high amount of protein to help the body replace all the lost skin cells. For me, it was minimum of 90 grams of protein a day! Eating was hard work, but, fortunately, the food was prepared with low sodium and was still tasty. I was impressed.

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