Health Alert: Are Store Receipts Linked To Diabetes?
By Mike Boyle


There is a new study out from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that says BPA, a plastic hardener linked to breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes, was found on 40 percent of store receipts, and at higher levels than those found in canned foods, baby bottles and infant formula.

In their study, researchers point out that BPA was detected on at least one of several receipts from a number of nationwide store chains, restaurants and even the U.S. House of Representatives cafeteria, according to the EWG, reports the Los Angeles Times.

BPA, a plastic hardener linked to breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems, reacts with dye to form black print on receipts handled by millions of people daily.

"Consumers are being exposed to BPA at the point of sale once they`re handed a receipt," senior scientist Dr. Anila Jacob told AOL News.

The Times also says public health and environmental experts have been pushing to reduce BPA exposure for nearly two years.

Read the EWG`s entire report on BPA here, which also includes 10 tips to reduce exposures to BPA in receipts.

 

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Originally posted by DiabetesCare.net on July 30, 2010.