BPA replacement may be a health concern as well
- Steve Law
- Portland Tribune - Sustainable Life
Libraries, Fred Meyer, have taken BPA out of receipts
A common replacement for bisphenol A or BPA in paper products may also have an estrogen-like impact on the human body and warrants further study, according to new research published by Environmental Science and Technology.
Researchers found that paper-products manufacturers, concerned about the endocrine-disrupting effects of BPA, often are substituting it with a related substance, bisphenol S, or BPS. BPS also is known to mimic the effect of estrogen on the human body, which has been linked in studies to higher rates of cancer and other diseases.
Multnomah County libraries and Fred Meyer stores, among others, have ordered new paper for checkout slips and receipts that doesn't contain BPA.
To see the study: pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es300876n