Dear members and allies,
As you know from our work, BPA is one of the most ubiquitous and problematic molecules used in plastics and elsewhere. It mimicks estrogen and is an important hormone (or endocrine) disruptor.
BPA continues to be extensively studied for its health effects which include female and male infertility, early onset puberty, hormone dependent cancers such as breast and prostate cancer, metabolic disorders, altered thyroid function, obesity, diabetes and autism spectrum disorders, among other problems.
Chemical and plastics manufacturers have lobbied western regulatory agencies heavily to encourage them to determine that BPA does not pose a health risk, and Health Canada has adopted this line.
BPA is found is a wide range of products, but many people do not know that one of the primary sources of exposure is through thermal paper used for receipts which is coated in BPA or BPA substitutes.
Given the lax regulatory response, Breast Cancer Action Quebec is joining Environmental Defence, Mind the Store and the largest union representing retail workers, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) in going directly to retailers and urging them to stop using bisphenal thermal paper in the cash receipts.
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