A simple Internet search on BPA shows the undeniable attention it is getting from both the media and the general public; a Google search for “bisphenol a studies on humans” produces 5,280,000 results, Twitter shows about 300 BPA related conversations per day. From a consumer standpoint, a “BPA” search on Amazon.com displays almost 5000 “BPA free” products. Interestingly, almost 85% of the search results are about canned food or baby products. There is a focus on items that babies consume and handle, because the endocrine disruptors in BPA can easily damage the developing brain.[ii] Conversely, the ROM is trying to shift the focus toward the bigger problem: BPA hides in receipts at 250 to 1,000 times greater levels than plastic or cans. The exposure a person gets from plastic is measured in nanograms and is quite minimal, while the level of BPA on receipts is in the 60-100 milligram range. Also greasy or moist hands transmit BPA at 10x higher rates.[iii] Worst of all, a recent study shows that the BPA cannot be washed off and enters the blood stream through the skin at such a deep level that it cannot be removed once it is touched.[iv]
[ii] Evidence of Altered Brain Sexual Differentiation in Mice Exposed Perinatally to Low, Environmentally Relevant Levels of Bisphenol A
Beverly S. Rubin, Jenny R. Lenkowski, Cheryl M. Schaeberle, Laura N. Vandenberg, Paul M. Ronsheim and Ana M. Soto, Endocrinology, Volume 147, Issue 8, May 2006, ISSN 3681-3691
[iii] Transfer of Bisphenol A from Thermal Printer Paper to the Skin
Sandra Biedermann, Patrik Tschudin, Koni Grob, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Volume 398, Issue 1, January 9 2010, Pages 571-76, ISSN 1618-2642
[iv] Viable Skin Efficiently Absorbs and Metabolizes Bisphenol A
Daniel Zalko, Carine Jacques, Hélène Duplan, Sandrine Bruel, Elisabeth Perdu, Chemosphere, Volume 82, Issue 3, January 2011, Pages 424-430, ISSN 0045-6535, 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.09.058.