Vince’s Market has switched to using cash register rolls that are free of both BPA and BPS.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical commonly used in inkless cash register receipts, on the side of the paper that is used to register thermally printed characters. However it has also been linked to health problems, besides being a known hormone disruptor, and has actually been banned for use in baby bottles in Canada. It comes off on the hand when the receipt is handled and can be absorbed into the body, as well as potentially spreading to food. For grocers the problem is exacerbated because skin that is wet – for example from handling produce – is even more susceptible to contamination.
Biphenol S (BPS) began to be used as a replacement when the health issues associated with BPA came to light. However new research suggests that BPS may be just as harmful as BPA.
“We’ve sent out the new product for testing, and found our new thermal paper to be free of these chemicals,” says Giancarlo Trimarchi, partner at Vince’s Market. “It’s reassuring to know that our customers and employees won’t be absorbing BPA and BPS from the receipts we are printing.”
This latest change is part of the independent grocer’s “Green Team” initiative, which has also been reducing waste, increasing recycling, and cutting back on single-use plastics.