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Chemical hazard sparks concern over ATM receipts

EXPERTS in Shanghai are warning people about the hazard of a chemical, which has a high dosage in ATM receipts and sparks safety concerns.

The plastic hardener bisphenol A, also known as BPA, found on ATM receipts were 250 to 1,000 times higher than what has been normally used in plastic bottles and other food containers, the United States based Environmental Working Group said in a report.

The report sparked concerns as it said the chemical can easily came off from the ATM paper receipts and can directly enter people's blood system from the skin.

The Oriental Morning Post reported today that some people in Shanghai started to refuse taking ATM receipts from store staff. The EWG report pointed out those working in the retail business are facing the hazard most as they have to handle thousands of such receipts every day in their work.

The chemical is most commonly used in food packaging and the maximum usage is 0.6 milligrams per kilogram. China still has no standards for the chemical usage in paper industry which uses it to coat thermal paper to produce ATM receipts, Shanghai Evening Post quoted an industry expert as saying.


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