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BPA-Laden Receipts in Popular Stores

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BPA-Laden Receipts in Popular Stores

By Siel Ju, MNN

BPA, aka bisphenol-A is revealing itself more and more in our lives. The endocrine disruptor linked to cancer, reproductive problems, and lots of other ills, has shown up in some surprising places — including cash register receipts.

This week, EWG released a report showing not only how much BPA is on these cash receipts, but which companies are giving out the most tainted receipts.

Ready for the bad news? If you guessed that McDonald’s and KFC serve up BPA alongside their unhealthy monstrosities, you are correct:

The receipt for a McDonald’s Happy Meal purchased in Clinton, Conn., on April 21, 2010, had an estimated 13 milligrams of BPA. That equals the amount of BPA in 126 cans of Chef Boyardee Overstuffed Beef Ravioli in Hearty Tomato & Meat Sauce, one of the products with the highest concentrations of BPA in EWG’s 2007 tests of canned foods.

Receipts from CVS, Wal-Mart, Safeway, and the U.S. Postal Service also contained alarming amounts of BPA. But organic foodies at Whole Foods can’t rest easy either; at least one store in the Whole Foods chain gave out BPA-tainted receipts. That means if you decided to snack healthy, bought an organic orange at Whole Foods, took the receipt handed to you, then peeled and ate the orange on your way home, you could very well have eaten the BPA that rubbed off the receipt onto your hands and onto your pricey orange.

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11:31AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thanks.

7:05PM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

You think you are safe from PBA's if you use non PBA plastic water bottles - Besides cash register receipts what other things poison us with PBA's that we don't know about? It seems like you can eat organic, non processed, use safe cleaning products and safe health care products and they still manage to get you. It can get discouraging! Trying to stay healthy is a constant learning curve

Thanks for the info!

Sandy

8:06AM PDT on Aug 12, 2010

When I first read the headline relating to the article, I thought it had something to do with Bin-laden.
After having read the article, I can only say, "wash your hands" when you get home or get to a public toilet!
It is an eye opener though!

6:42AM PDT on Aug 11, 2010

You just never know. Everyday it is something new we find out about that is harmful to our lives. Eat healthy, drink filtered water, take supplements (natural ones like Shaklee) and do your best to avoid what you know is bad for you.

11:15AM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

Very informative and scary. Always must be double careful.

5:20AM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

Gee, I had no idea. I am a finger licker when turning the pages of magazines. With all the other chemicals out there, in everything we touch, eat, or wash with, no wonder we are so sick. WHO is trying to kill us off?

9:45PM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

thanks

4:44PM PDT on Aug 4, 2010

Staff at these stores need to be aware of this and wear gloves until BPA-products are no longer used. Staff must be taking in a huge amount of BPA. How about Shoppers Drugmart, Walmart Canada, London Drugs, Nesters, RONA and Home Depot - the majority of stores seem to be American-owned? Does anyone know?

4:14PM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

I still reckon that eating the receipt is safer than eating a Big Mac. :)

1:20PM PDT on Aug 2, 2010

thankyou for posting

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