A group of health, labour and environmental organizations has issued a call to Canadian grocery stores to stop using paper receipts that contain a chemical potentially linked to health issues such as diabetes, obesity and some forms of cancer.
This week CTV News reported that Environmental Defence Canada (EDC), Breast Cancer Action Quebec, Mind the Store and the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada union have urged the country’s “leading grocery giants” to stop using receipt paper containing bisphenol-A (BPA) or bisphenol-S (BPS).
The statement named Loblaw, Costco Canada, Metro, Sobeys and Walmart Canada.
The EDC says BPA is known to have “hormone-disrupting effects” in addition to links to cancers and other health problems.
Canada became the first country in the world to ban BPA from baby bottles. However the chemical has not been banned from all other food and beverage items.
Health Canada’s website says most Canadians are exposed to “very low levels of BPA that do not pose a health risk,” CTV News reports. Earlier this year the agency issued a statement that it has been unable to determine that BPA in thermal receipt paper is a “significant source of exposure for the general population” and that they have no plans to ban BPA and BPS in receipts.
“It is important for Canadians to understand that just because a chemical may be detected in our bodies, it does not necessarily mean it is causing harm,” the statement added.
Photo: Environmental Defence Canada