Receipt Printer: BPA carrier?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A few weeks ago, a got a link for my e-group about the BPA content in today’s paper receipts. I used to think that Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, only concerns baby items such as feeding bottles and utensils. But it is actually present in some plastic items we use in our daily lives. It is known to be an endocrine disruptor which may lead to negative health effects. Now reading that BPA could be present on thermal heated sheets of paper kind of worries me because a lot of establishments use that kind of technology in their POS machines. I was going to raise this issue with my mom but I remembered that our epson receipt printer (which needs to be re-registered I think) at the store uses carbon films/ribbon to print. Anyway, I will try to research more about it and assess if this is really alarming or just blown out of proportion.