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Thermal paper technology is the leading printing technology of choice for a number of sectors, from everyday retail to healthcare. These sectors have relied on the safety, durability, speed and cost-efficiency of thermal paper technology for decades.
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There is no evidence that thermal paper containing BPA poses any health or safety risk to the public or to workers who handle it on a frequent basis, according to the most recent review of all relevant studies by the nonprofit Environmental Health Research Foundation. Specifically, the Foundation “found no evidence to suggest adverse health effects from the small amounts of BPA that may migrate from thermal paper to human skin.” It also found no evidence to support commercial advertising claims suggesting that the use of “BPA-free” thermal paper presents any health or safety benefit to cashiers or other workers handling such paper. The fully documented report can be found here.
Thermal paper is not a significant source of BPA, according to an international panel of experts convened by the World Health Organization, which announced that food is “by far the main source of BPA exposure and other sources are of minor relevance.” It also noted that BPA “is not accumulated in the body and is rapidly eliminated through urine.”