Target: United States Congress
Goal: Reduce Americans’ everyday exposure to BPA by eliminating the chemical from paper receipts
It’s time to take a simple step in eliminating a significant, everyday source of exposure to the toxin bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. The chemical BPA, which is found in many plastic household items, including food packaging and the linings of food cans, has long been linked to prostate and breast cancers, along with a number of other health and behavioral problems.
BPA, which is a pseudo-estrogen, accumulates in the body and disrupts endocrine function. In addition to affecting those directly exposed, BPA has “trans-generational actions on social behavior and neural expression,” according to a 2012 study by the Endocrine Society. In the study, which was conducted on mice, “prenatal exposure to BPA is associated with increased anxiety, aggression and cognitive impairments.” Additionally, several studies, including a July 2012 study of the effects of BPA exposure on Rhesus monkeys by the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, linked fetal BPA exposure to an increased risk of breast cancer.
In addition to plastics and food packaging, another common source of exposure comes from store receipts. According to testing done in 2010 by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington D.C. based non-profit, high concentrations of BPA are found in roughly two-fifths of receipts, sometimes in excess of 1000 times the amount found in a can of food. BPA then transfers easily to the skin, where it can then be absorbed or ingested.
The good news is that not all receipts contain BPA. This means we have safer alternatives already available. There is no need to develop new products or create new patents. Banning BPA in receipts would therefore be one of the easiest steps we could take to protect ourselves from this toxic substance.
It is time for congress to take a simple, but pivotal step to improve public health and reduce toxic exposure by banning BPA in receipts. By signing the petition, you will make your voice heard and pressure Congress to act on this important matter of public safety.
Dear members of Congress,
It is time to take a commonsense step towards protecting the American public from exposure to toxic BPA and ban its use in store receipts.
BPA, which functions as a pseudo-estrogen, accumulates in the body and disrupts endocrine function. It has been linked to numerous serious health problems. Several studies, including a July 2012 study on the effects of BPA exposure in Rhesus monkeys by the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine, have linked fetal BPA exposure to an increased risk of breast cancer. Moreover, a 2012 study by the Endocrine Society found that “prenatal exposure to BPA is associated with increased anxiety, aggression and cognitive impairments.”
Although it is most commonly associated with plastics, BPA is also found in high concentrations in store receipts, where it can be absorbed through the skin or ingested. However, not all receipts contain BPA. There are safe alternatives available and therefore no need for continued use of those receipts that contain BPA.
It is commendable that Congress acted to ban the use of BPA in baby bottles, but we can do better. Canada has banned BPA outright and it is strictly regulated throughout the E.U., but the United States continues to lag behind in addressing this dangerous chemical. The simple step of banning BPA in receipts would significantly reduce Americans’ everyday exposure to this toxic substance. I urge you to act now and ban the use of BPA in receipts.
[Your Name Here]
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