ATM & Shop Receipt Paper Causing Dangerous Diseases
Toxic Chemical May Be Lurking in Your Wallet
Chemicals used to make cash register receipts could raise the risk of developing diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cancer
- Substance used to produce receipts could be absorbed into the bloodstream
- Includes paper receipts from shops, credit card machines and ATMs
- Chemical bisphenol-A – also known as BPA – can disrupt hormones
- Cause raise the risk of health problems like obesity, diabetes and cancer
- Chemical has been banned in baby bottles in Europe due to safety fears
- Campaigners are calling for the chemical to be banned in all receipts
Alarming research suggests that a substance used to produce paper in store tills, credit card machines and ATMs could be absorbed into the blood stream.
Researchers say the chemical bisphenol-A – widely known as BPA – can disrupt hormones, raising the risk of a wide number of health problems.
The chemical has already been banned in baby bottles in Europe because of safety fears.
But the transparent resin is still used to line most plastic and tin food packaging – despite the calls for an all-out ban by campaigners.
The UK Food Standards Agency says strict regulations mean that the health risk from food packaging is minimal.
But new American research suggests that the higher concentrations of BPA on thermal paper in till receipts – which is not regulated in the same way – poses a different route for the chemical to enter the body.
Scientists at the University of Missouri have found that it can enter the blood stream through the skin.
BPA is absorbed more quickly when it combines with other substances including suncream, soap or hand sanitizer, they said.
They also warn that people could digest the chemical if they wipe their mouth after handling a till receipt – a risk that is particularly high in restaurants.