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Next time you hold an electronic receipt, be cautious. Bisphenol A found in thermal paper used in receipts from cash registers can enter a person's body and cause harm. The compound is also used in food and drink packaging. In thermal paper the compound exists as a free monomer, which makes it easier for the body to absorb than other forms found in food packaging. The compound acts as an endocrine disruptor and mimics the effects of oestrogen in the body.


Down To Earth, December 2010