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Tips to reduce your exposure to BPA

Posted on December 7, 2010

Produced in quantities of about six billion pounds each year worldwide, BPA is one of the most widely used chemicals of all time. Present in 93% of all Americans, scientists studying BPA have hypothesized the major route of human exposure is through food, as BPA is used as a liner in nearly all canned food and beverages. Our study, "On the Money: BPA in Dollar Bills and Receipts" indicates that skin absorption from thermal paper receipts with unbound BPA may lead to exposure at levels equivalent to exposure from food sources.

During the past decade, an explosion of research has explored the connections between BPA exposure—particularly before birth and in early childhood—and the health problems that are increasingly afflicting U.S. residents. Researchers have linked developmental exposure to BPA to reproductive harm, increased cancer susceptibility, and abnormalities in brain development and fat metabolism. "Our findings demonstrate that BPA cannot be avoided, even by the most conscious consumer," said Erika Schreder, Staff Scientist at the Washington Toxics Coalition and lead author of the "On the Money" report. "This unregulated use of large amounts of BPA is having unintended consequences, including exposure to people when we touch receipts."

The Washington Toxics Coalition created this simple tip sheet to help people reduce their exposure to BPA.

Tips to reduce exposure to BPATips For Reducing Exposure to BPA

  • Refuse a receipt when you can.
  • Store your receipts separately, such as in a small envelope, in your wallet or purse.
  • Wash your hands after handing receipts or money.
  • Keep receipts away from young children.


Other ways to minimize BPA exposure include:

Tips to reduce exposure to BPA

  • Limit your intake of canned foods. For some canned foods, choices in BPA- free cans are available from Eden Foods.
  • Choose alternatives to polycarbonate plastic for baby bottles and sports water bottles. For babies, glass and cloudy plastic bottles are better choices. For sports bottles, the best choice is stainless steel.
  • Choose powdered rather than liquid infant formula. If you do need liquid formula, use BPA-free containers.



I am thinking that BPA is the lead content found in canned goods. This is not good for the body. How to determine if the food has BPA or not? I am curious, please advise, Thanks !

Posted by: Online coupon club | Jan 11, 2011 4:30:57 AM

and the people who have the most exposure are retail workers who handle toxic receipts all day-
Check out this article that shows the CDC has found that people who reported working in retail industries had 30 percent more BPA in their bodies than the average U.S. adult, and 34 percent more BPA than other workers. -
link to full article-

Posted by: Bobby Electric | Dec 10, 2010 2:49:37 PM

Hi Neil,

Thanks for your questions. Please take a look at recycling numbers (generally located on the bottom of a plastic container) to know if it's a plastic that contains BPA. Here is a guide from Z Recs that recommends some safer food processors:

Posted by: Safer Chemicals Healthy Families | Dec 9, 2010 11:48:41 AM

Polycarbonate? Are food procesor and blender containers made out of Polycarbonate? Does the clear plastic container that I use with a food processor have BPA in it?

Posted by: Neil | Dec 9, 2010 9:21:28 AM

Hi Tricia,

The envelope is to prevent the receipts from contaminating everything else in your purse. After you don’t need your receipts, it’s preferable to put them in the trash, rather than the recycling.

Posted by: Safer Chemicals Healthy Families | Dec 8, 2010 11:08:52 AM

Once you have this envelope of receipts--how does one dispose of this? I try my best to refuse receipts and coupons that stores give, but that's not always possible.

Posted by: Tricia | Dec 8, 2010 8:30:13 AM

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