(NaturalNews) A new test conducted by the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
has revealed that the plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is most
likely lurking in your wallet. According to the findings, nearly every
dollar bill tested in the multi-state analysis revealed BPA
contamination, likely from BPA-laden receipts that rub off onto the
The team sampled 22 one-dollar bills from the wallets of
people from 18 states and Washington, D.C., and found that 21 of them
tested positive for BPA. While some samples contained only about .12 parts per million (ppm) of BPA, others contained up to 11 ppm, indicating that exposure among the population can vary significantly.
Previous studies have already identified that the vast majority of money
bills are covered in harmful pathogens and even drug residues, but the
new study is one of the first of its kind to identify BPA on money. And
the culprit seems to be receipt paper — which more often than not contains BPA on its surface — touching the bills.
interview conducted by NPR back in August explained that much of the
thermal receipt paper used by retailers today is loaded with BPA. And in
the current study, researchers wanted to see for themselves what turned
up on samples of receipt paper. They found that among 22 receipts
collected from ten states and Washington,
D.C., more than half contained BPA. One receipt from a Safeway grocery
store actually contained so much BPA that the chemical comprised 2.2
percent of the receipt’s total weight.
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) continues to insist that levels of exposure from
these sources and others — including from plastic bottles, food cans,
and other consumer products — is safe. But other recent studies have
shown that even low-level exposure to BPA can cause serious health problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/029615_b…).
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