According to a press release from October 22, 2014 the industry association American Chemistry Council (ACC) considers the study on BPA in thermal paper, previously reported on by the FPF, of limited relevance to consumers. The association argues that the experimental conditions were unrealistic. The ACC points to a study from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health finding no significant exposure to BPA from handling receipts. The ACC thus considers that under real conditions exposure to BPA from thermal receipt papers plays a limited role in overall consumer exposure.

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American Chemistry Council (October 22, 2014). “Recent study on BPA exposure from thermal receipt paper is of limited relevance to consumers.


Hormann, A.M. et al. (2014). “Holding thermal receipt paper and eating food after using hand sanitizer results in high serum bioactive and urine total levels of bisphenol A (BPA).” PLoS ONE (published online October 22, 2014).