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Report: Dollar bills, receipts tainted with BPA

Report: Dollar bills, receipts tainted with BPA

Fifty percent of thermal paper receipts and most dollar bills tested in a new study are tainted with Bisphenol A, according to a report released on March 30, by the Washington Toxics Coalition.

BPA, a chemical that disrupts hormones and has been linked with cancer, infertility and other health issues in studies, was found in 11 of the 22 receipts gathered from retailers in 10 states and Washington, D.C.

According to "On the Money: BPA on Dollar Bills and Receipts," BPA on receipts easily transfers to other items, including human skin, where it can be absorbed into the body.

"We did some rough calculations on how much exposure you could expect to have...