France is seeking an EU ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal till receipts, the French Environment Minister Delphine Batho announced recently.

The ban was recommended by ANSES in a report published this April which is part of the development of a French national strategy to address the risks of BPA.

According to the ANSES report, till receipts may pose health risks to pregnant women and their foetuses, especially cashiers who are constantly in contact with them. But more research is needed for a thorough analysis.Last year, similar concerns were raised in Sweden.

Sweden, France and other member states have already passed laws banning the use of BPA in food packaging but the EU only bans the chemical in baby bottles.

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