Could that receipt be making you sick?
There is a growing concern regarding the potential health risks of exposure to BPA, a chemical constituent of thermal paper. A number of studies have been conducted that show reason true reason for concern. In response to this, POS Supply, a point-of-sale and transaction supply company, is now offering a line of BPA Free thermal receipt paper rolls.
BPA is a mass-produced industrial chemical used primarily to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. In Jan 2010, the US FDA announced that studies show reason for concern regarding the potential adverse health effects of BPA in infants and children, especially for applications with direct food. Scientists have recently shown that BPA is detectable in food and on some cash register receipts. An independent report by The Environmental Working Group has also found BPA on cash register receipts.
Some of the papers that are outsourced by POS Supply Solutions to fulfill customer requirements are used for retail receipts, gas pump receipts, ATM applications, and other point of sale transaction receipts. They may contain BPA depending on the source of the paper stock.
"We are working closely with our vendors from whom we purchase thermal grades containing BPA to assist them in finding alternatives to BPA if the scientific or legislative community recommends or requires such changes,” said POS Supply’s president Stephen Enfield. "We are committed to responding to our customer’s requests for BPA Free products."
The National Toxicology Program (NTP) summarizes the results of NTP’s study on the possible effects of BPA and provides an excellent source of unbiased information. The NTP states that, "The NTP has some concern for effects on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children at current human exposures to bisphenol A." Note that the possible levels of concern, from lowest to highest, are negligible concern, minimal concern, some concern, concern, and serious concern.
POS Supply states that it is committed to offering safe products. The company's BPA Free Thermal Paper rolls are available for ordering now.
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