Chemical bisphenol-A found on receipts

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Chemical "bisphenol-A" was found on sales receipts in supermarkets. Bisphenol-A is suspected of causing cancer and negatively affecting human hormone levels.

(22.06.2010) Bisphenol-A is a so-called "everyday chemical" and is used in numerous packaging and products as a so-called plasticizer. The Federal Environment Agency recently warned that alternative substances should be used instead of "bisphenol-A". So far, the industry has done nothing to use other substances, after all, there was no ban. Bisphenol A (BPA) has a similar effect to the female hormone estrogen and is suspected to have a negative impact on the development of children. In addition, the chemical is said to be cancer-causing.

Research by TV broadcaster WDR found that receipts from supermarkets Aldi, Edeka, Lidl, Real and Kaiser’s Tengelmann contain up to 1.5 percent bisphenol A. The chemical is on the "thermosensitive" surface of the receipt. However, other companies such as Rewe do not use BPA and switched to bisphenol-A free receipts a year ago. This shows that the use of this chemical is completely unnecessary. The question is why other companies do not also switch to Bisphenol-A free receipts, although the risks should have been known for a long time.

"Cashiers and consumers come into direct contact with the chemical," Manfred Krautter from "EcoAid" told Die Welt. EcoAid is a company specializing in product safety. In addition, the interior is very likely to be heavily loaded with the chemical, because in supermarkets, sales slips are printed out in very short time sequences.

Bisphenol A (BPA) can not only be found on receipts. The chemical is also used in children's toys, baby bottles, canned goods and plastic dishes. Countries such as France and Canada have long reacted and have banned bisphenol A at least for use in children's toys.

Various studies have already found that bisphenol A can very well get into the human organism. For example, the BUND found that bisphenol A gets into the body through human saliva. In one study, a child sucked on a bisphenol A teat for about an hour and took in 10 micrograms of the chemical.

But why is the chemical so dangerous? Bisphenol A acts in the human body in a similar way to the female hormone estrogen. Researchers and environmentalists suspect far-reaching consequences in human reproduction. Among other things, it is suspected that girls become sexually mature earlier due to BPA. In addition, sperm quality in men has decreased rapidly over the past 50 years.

The European organization "Women in Europe for a Common Future" also points out that bisphenol A can affect the hormone system in minimal doses and trigger diseases such as cancer, fertility or developmental disorders. Bisphenol A is still not subject to declaration. Accordingly, consumers cannot tell whether this chemical is contained in the product. There are limits for the use of this chemical, but the limits do not prevent the effects of this chemical on humans. Especially not when people are permanently in contact with the dangerous chemical. (sb)

Also read:
Hormone-active chemicals threaten health
Study: Girls getting sexually mature earlier
Federal Environment Agency warns of chemical bisphenol A
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