[The Hwankyung Ilbo] Bisphenol A, which is an endocrine disorder substance that affects reproduction and growth, has been found in receipts and queue tickets that are output from terminal equipment, but it has been confirmed that there are no safety standards.
According to the results of an analysis conducted jointly by Rep. Shin Chang-hyun of the Democratic Party of Korea and the National Institute of Environmental Research, eight out of 18 samples found Bisphenol A, which exceeded the EU's human safety standards by up to 60 times.
European Union countries such as France and Germany have been regulating Bisphenol A as a restricted substance for manufacturing, sales and use since 2016.
In comparison, there is no safety standard for thermal paper in Korea. The number of receipts issued in Korea has increased from 10.11 billion in 2015, 10.69 billion in 2016, 11.84 billion in 2017 to 12.7 billion in 2018.
“It is a serious problem that there are no safety standards on the thermal paper receipts that consumers across the country touch whenever they buy things,” Rep. Shin said. “We need to establish a safety standard for Bisphenol A as soon as possible to protect the national health of the country.”
In response, Environment Minister Cho Myung-rae said, “People are worried about Bisphenol a lot. We will consult with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy with the results of the risk assessment as a product to introduce the managing body and standards.”
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