Mobsters, oil barons and politicians aren't the only ones who handle dirty money.
Some, in fact, might be in your wallet right now.
A new investigative report by two non-profits finds that everyday cash transactions involve the transfer of not only dollar bills, but also the infamous hormone-disruptor BPA (bisphenol A), which has been linked to infertility, early puberty and cancer.
The main culprit is cash register receipts. Their lab testing found that the thermal receipt paper used by many stores contains a powdery BPA film on the surface—this is even more dangerous, the researchers say, than BPA in baby bottles, soup cans and other products in which the carcinogenic chemical is bound into a hard surface.
The investigation, done by the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition and the Washington Toxics Coalition found large quantities of BPA in 11 of the 22 receipts from different retailers across the nation, including Safeway, Shaw’s, Meijer, Cub Foods, Sunoco, Kroger, Giant Eagle, H-E-B, Randalls, and Fred Meyer. Safeway had the highest levels.
These groups are calling for the next Congress to pass long overdue reforms to the desperately inadequate Toxic Substances Control Act. Ironically, the testing also revealed that our nation's leaders are exposed to toxic receipts in the Rayburn House Office Building cafeteria.
Let's demand that some of these retailers, including the operator of the House of Representatives cafeteria, commit to switching to BPA-free receipt paper.
Sign this petition to demand that these outlets act to protect their customers from the health implications of BPA exposure by using BPA-free receipts.
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