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French supermarket removes toxic chemical, Bisphenol A, from sales receipts

Le Réseau Environnement Santé (RES), HEAL member, has welcomed the recent decision of the French supermarket, Carrefour, to remove the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from their sales receipts.

Currently there are over 1600 branches of Carrefour due to remove BPA from receipts. Carrefour follows the lead of the French cooperative Système U. This move is well ahead of any national policy to reduce exposure to BPA. RES calls on the retail sector to follow the lead of Carrefour and Système U.

"RES is pleased with this action, which we hope will spread to the entire retail sector. This is a measure that the State should embrace in order to eliminate once and for all this source of population exposure to BPA, ", said Yannick Vicaire, Policy Officer at RES.

Despite the positive move to remove BPA from receipts, RES is keen to emphasise that the endocrine disrupting chemical is also present in food contact materials. They call on retailers to ensure that BPA is removed completely from circulation in order to minimise people’s exposure.

Companies have a duty to provide information to consumers, at no charge, about harmful chemicals present in many consumer products. But consumers must ask for the information! Read HEAL’s leaflet on using your right to know, and show companies you want safer products.

RES Press Release

Last updated on 7 June 2011

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