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Journal of American Medical Association Study Suggests BPA Exposure From Thermal Paper Within Safe Limits


Contact: Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513  
Email: Kathryn_StJohn@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2014)The American Chemistry Council (ACC) offers the following comments regarding the release of the study “Handling of Thermal Receipts as a Source of Exposure to Bisphenol A” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Feb. 25, 2014. Quotes from the following may be attributed to Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. of ACC’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group.

“While this small-scale study is far too limited to determine if the handling of cash register receipt paper results in significant BPA exposure, it does suggest that consumer exposures to BPA, including occasional contact with thermal paper receipts, are well below safe intake levels established by government regulators around the world.

“The BPA exposure levels measured in participants of this study appear to be even lower than the levels found to cause no adverse effects in recent comprehensive research conducted in FDA’s laboratory.

“Many government bodies around the world have evaluated the scientific evidence on BPA and have declared it safe as used in food contact materials. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently updated its position on BPA in June of 2013, responding to the question, ‘Is BPA safe?’ with one unambiguous word: ‘Yes.’”

Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of ACC | Facts About BPA | Bisphenol-A.org

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