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Beware: Do Not Let Your Child Play with Receipts Due to High Levels of BPA!

2010 July 28
by MieVee @

During shopping, your baby starts to fuss, so you conveniently let him play with a piece of receipt. He’s happy; you get peace. Sounds familiar?

I have perhaps given Vee hundreds of pieces of receipts to play with, and nearly choked when I read this article here (“High Levels of BPA Found in Cash Register Receipts, What You Can Do to Protect Yourself”).

Some quotes from the article:

  • Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, has discovered that many cash register receipts contain levels of Bisphenol-A (BPA) hundreds of times higher than those found in hard plastic water bottles, baby bottles, and canned foods.
  • Never give a child a receipt to hold or play with.
  • Do not recycle receipts and other thermal paper. BPA residues from receipts will contaminate recycled paper.

Using BPA-free bottles, breast pump and cutlery is not enough. Remember to keep ALL receipts and thermal paper away from your baby. After handling them yourself, give your hands a good wipe too.

Stay safe!

5 Responses leave one →
  1. July 28, 2010

    Hi. Your blog/ site is the most informative one I’ve come across. Love reading ur stuff. I just wish that there were some kind of “retweet” button so that I can spread the news from u to everyone I know faster. Thanx for the info!

    • July 29, 2010

      Hi Shahnaz Shahizan, thank you very much for your compliment. You make me blush!

      Coincidentally, I was just thinking of adding a Retweet button. Shall implement it after I find out how. Stay tuned. 🙂

    • July 29, 2010

      The Twitter button has been included, Shahnaz. Feel free to Tweet your favourite posts. Thank you! 🙂

  2. July 29, 2010

    OMG! I used to give them to my son, too! Hubby used to tell me off because of the ink but we never knew about the BPA. Thanks for sharing!

    • July 29, 2010

      You are most welcome, Shen-Li. Now I am paranoid about all the ink that comes off paper. It is worse when kids like Vee put everything into their mouths.

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