Replacements for bisphenol A (BPA) can be found in consumer products, food contact materials (FCMs) as well as in thermal papers for receipts or airplane tickets. Newly emerging scientific research (previously reported on by the FPF) fuels rising concern that BPA in “BPA-free” products may have been replaced with equally harmful substances. In a new study reported on by the Food Packaging Forum, Swiss and German scientists analyzed 124 thermal paper receipts for BPA and 37 receipts for its alternatives. Further, they tested BPA and four of its possible alternatives, namely bisphenol S (BPS), bisphenol F (BPF), Pergafast® 201 and D-8 for their endocrine activity in vitro and in silico. BPF and BPS were shown to exhibit endocrine activity, whereas no significant endocrine activity was shown for their non-bisphenol counterparts (Pergafast® 201 and D-8).

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FPF report “Study shows endocrine activity of BPA analogs.


Goldinger, D.M. et al. (2014). “Endocrine activity of alternatives to BPA found in thermal paper in Switzerland.Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology (published online January 8, 2015).