On The Money
In this new study, we tested cash register receipts for BPA. We also tested paper currency for BPA, and found almost every bill was contaminated with the chemical. This suggests possible cross-contamination from cash register receipts into our money supply
BPA in Dollar Bills and Receipts
A study by Washington Toxics Coaliton and Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical of concern mainly associated with baby bottles and food containers. However, our research has discovered a new source of BPA exposure from items people handle every day- cash register receipts and money.
On The Money investigated the extent to which thermal receipt paper containing BPA has permeated the market, and whether this hormone-disrupting chemical is escaping onto the money that lies close to these receipts in people’s wallets. Our research found roughly half of cash register receipts contain BPA, and almost all paper currency was contaminated with the chemical. This study also indicates that skin absorption from thermal paper receipts with unbound BPA may lead to exposure at levels equivalent to exposure from food sources.