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ALHem - New “Toxic cash receipts” campaign to highlight presence of Bisphenol A in thermal paper

ALHem, a HEAL member, launched a brand new campaign to research and highlight the presence of Biphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper used in both the public and private sector in Serbia.

Initial results show that all of the 33 samples - including thermal papers (mostly cash receipts), plastic boxes, and paper packages for foods - scored positive on the content of BPA. Additionally, 87.5% of all tested thermal paper used in the private sector and 88.9% of the tested thermal paper used in the public sector all contained traces of the chemical.



As part of the campaign, food packaging materials were also tested, focusing primarily on packaging materials used for fatty foods. The results for these tests indicate that the sampled food boxes used by supermarkets do not contain BPA. When testing paper packaging, results showed bags commonly used for french fries did not contain BPA, while tested cardboard boxes did contain traces of the chemical. An explanation for the latter result could lie in the fact that these cardboard packages are created from recycled paper - seeing that thermal paper containing BPA enters the recycling process together with other paper waste, it can be assumed this contaminates the final recycled product as well.

The European market already offers suppliers of thermal paper free of this hazardous substance. AlHem calls upon both public institutions and private actors to replace these products with safer alternatives free of Bisphenol A, in order to safeguard the health of our citizens, workforce, and especially of cashiers.

Find out more about ALHem’s new campaign in Serbian.

Originally posted on 29 November 2017

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