BPA Can Pass Through Skin, Study Finds

We’ve been following the health issues surrounding the controversial polycarbonate estrogen mimicker <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">bisphenol A—BPA. More and more, studies are pointing to not only its growing ubiquity, but its harm to human, animal, and aquatic health. Now, US News writes that, based on a French study, BPA easily passes through the skin into the body. An issue of significant concern since, as we’ve previously written, BPA is present in a large majority of cash register receipts.

As a matter-of-fact, the French researchers pointed out that three studies found that many cash register paper receipts contain the toxin in both the United States and Europe and one of the studies revealed that the coating, which contains BPA, readily transfers to the skin, wrote US news.

“The new study is now unequivocal in showing that yes, BPA can go through human skin,” said Frederick vom Saal of the University of Missouri-Columbia, quoted US News.

US News also pointed out that a survey that is scheduled for an upcoming issue of Environmental Health Perspectives revealed that in nearly 400 pregnant women in the Cincinnati area, the greatest BPA levels were in cashiers. The French study appears online—prior to the print version—of Chemosphere; the study was conducted at INRA, the National Institute for Agricultural Research in France, said US News.

vom Saal and his team also just initiated a study to better understand how much BPA is transferred from simply holding thermal receipt paper and if it then appears in the blood and urine, said US News, which noted that that information is expected by year end.

Appleton Papers, which is, said US News, “the leading producer of thermal-receipt stock in the United States” claims its papers have been free of BPA since 2006 and is now looking to assist consumers in identifying its receipt papers. “Consumers have made it clear that they want an easy way to distinguish Appleton’s receipt paper from our competitors’ paper, which all contain BPA,” said Kent Willetts, Appleton vice president, quoted US News. “We are preparing to launch a BPA-free receipt paper that can be quickly and easily distinguished from all others. We will rush that product to market and have it in retailers’ hands in time for the holiday shopping season,” added Willetts.

Earlier this week we wrote that new research has determined that BPA has been found in most—2/3—of groceries tested based on a Dallas-area test of 105 items from 10 groceries.

Hundreds of studies have linked BPA—a ubiquitous, hormone mimicking plastics chemical—to cardiovascular disease, intestinal problems, brain cell connection interference, increased risks of reproductive and immune system diseases and disorders, problems with liver function testing, interruptions in chemotherapy, premature puberty, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and erectile dysfunction and male sexual problems. BPA is also found in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans and 90 percent of American newborns. A recent study on which we just wrote revealed that human exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic polycarbonate chemical is significantly higher than previously believed and also originates from a greater array of sources, many of which remain unknown.

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