Wondering if the receipt you’re holding in your hand is BPA-free? You’ll soon be able to tell thanks to the addition by Appleton of easy-to-see red fibers in its BPA-free thermal receipt paper.
Until now, consumers have had no means to distinguish whether the cash register, credit card or ATM receipts they receive contain the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA), a substance that has been linked to potential health risks. Appleton designed its “red fiber” BPA-free paper to help consumers and retail workers quickly identify the kind of thermal receipt paper they are handling. The red fibers will be in about 75 percent of the thermal receipt paper that Appleton ships by the end of November. Appleton expects to have the red fibers in all of its thermal receipt paper before the end of first quarter 2011.
I’ve been following the BPA-free product story since writing a feature about Appleton’s BPA-free product and its relationship with Heartland Label Printers in the June 2010 edition of Insight. Check it out by clicking here.
Appleton, the nation’s largest manufacturer of thermal paper, dropped BPA from its thermal paper formulation in 2006 out of growing concerns about the safety of the chemical.
Since that time, concerns over BPA have grown. In January 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expressed concern about the potential adverse health effects of BPA in infants and children, especially for applications with direct contact to food.
Thanks to Appleton’s new product you’ll know right away if you should wash your hands after stuffing the receipt in your wallet.
–By MaryBeth Matzek