Hauppauge, N.Y. (MorichesDaily) — New York’s Suffolk County has become the first municipality in the United States to ban retailers from issuing register receipts that contain Bisphenol-A (BPA).
The legislation, called the Safer Sales Slip Act, will prohibit the harmful chemical, which has been linked to a long list of potential health problems, from being used in area cash register receipts going forward.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed into law the Safer Sales Slip Act, which bans all Suffolk County businesses from using thermal paper receipts.
Legislator Steve Stern sponsored the bill because he believes BPA is absorbed through the skin and can cause diseases and disorders.
Thermal paper contains the chemical bisphenol-A, also known as BPA. The chemical is already banned from baby bottles and sip cups in the United States.
The “Safer Sales Slip Act,” which was approved by the Legislature in December, will remove one of the most common sources of exposure to BPA, thermal paper receipts, which use BPA to “develop” the print.
BPA is absorbed through the skin and through hand to mouth contact, and has been linked to cancers of the breast and prostate, endocrine disorders, learning disabilities, obesity and diabetes and is detectable in more than 93% of the population.
What Is BPA?
BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is an endocrine disruptor, or a substance that acts like the hormones of the endocrine system and disrupts their normal function. Other endocrine disruptors include DDT, PCB, and pthalates.
But not everyone is convinced that BPA is dangerous. The American Council on Science and Health said numerous studies have never shown that BPA is a threat to health.
Although businesses won’t be fined until 2014, you can expect to see changes starting sooner.
Apple Stores across the country have opted to email receipts to customers as opposed to printing them on paper and many local retailers may find that emailing receipts leaves a line of communication open with the customer long after a purchase, which an old-fashioned printed receipt cannot.
The county executive said officials will use this year to educate businesses and give them a chance to switch over to the new system.
If you are unsure if your receipt may contain BPA, check whether paper is thermally treated by rubbing it with a coin. Thermal paper discolors with the friction; conventional paper does not.
Source: Fox 5 NY