BPA Found in High Levels in Supermarket Register Receipts

BPA Found in High Levels in Supermarket Register Receipts

BPA (bisphenol-A) is that awfully nasty endocrine disrupting chemical in our food. It's in the cans and bottles many of our favorite foods come in. And it's also in those thermal register receipts. You know the kind. They're soft and don't quite feel like paper. That's because they're infused with this lovely chemical that's been banned or severely restricted in countries including Canada, France and China.

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Now, a new report has tested register receipts for BPA and you won't believe what the researchers have discovered. According to the report we received, out of 94 samples tested BPA was found in levels above the sample reporting limits in 27 of the samples.

Register receipts were obtained from 82 grocery stores in 12 chains found in 66 cities in 17 states.

Winn-Dixie, the grocery store chain popular in Southern states came in with the highest level of BPA concentrations above the sample reporting limits. All of the concentrations found on Winn Dixie receipts were above 1,000 mg. Ten Winn Dixie locations were sampled. Kroger and Safeway, the nation's two largest grocery chains, also tested positive for high levels of BPA.

What's most startling about this data is that especially in low doses, BPA is extremely dangerous. A potent endocrine disruptor, it's been shown to impact metabolic function, reproductive and developmental health, fertility and it's even been linked to autism and cancer.

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If you want to avoid BPA-laced register receipts, simply don't take one from the cashier, or you can shop online or use rewards cards at stores (which track your spending) so your purchases are on record if you need to return items. In fact, most grocery stores won't even require a receipt for an inexpensive return. So do yourself a favor and ditch the receipts and the BPA.

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Andrea Donsky, B. COMM is an international TV Health Expert, Best Selling Author, Nutritionist Podcast Host, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com—a recipient of Healthline’s Best Healthy Living Blogs for 2019. As a pioneer and visionary in the health food industry, Andrea’s passion is to inspire people to make healthier choices. Andrea has combined her background and expertise as both a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and an entrepreneur ("She Boss!") to educate the public on living a healthy lifestyle through the creation of her businesses, books, articles, podcasts, videos, talks, and TV and radio media appearances. Andrea founded Naturally Savvy Media Inc. in 2007 in order to share her passion for healthy living, and love for natural products and companies. Among her numerous publications, Andrea co-authored Unjunk your Junk Food published by Simon and Schuster, a book that journalist, author and mother Maria Shriver endorsed: “Unjunk Your Junk Food has certainly made me more aware about the food that my children eat and the effects it has on our body and mind."</P. Andrea also co-authored two e-books entitled Label Lessons: Your Guide To A Healthy Shopping Cart, and Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box.