High-Level Policy Dialogue on ‘Comparison Report on BPA in Cash Receipts’

There was a time when it was thought that human exposure to bisphenols comes mainly from canned foods, water and beverage bottles, and dental sealants. This perception has changed rapidly with the realization that thermal paper used at cash registers contains unusually high amounts of monomeric BPA and BPS and it could be a potential source of human exposure and subsequent absorption through the skin and, possibly, mucocutaneous junctions.

Environment & Social Development Association – ESDO in association with Financial Industry Public Interest Foundation and Wonjin Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health, Seoul, South Korea conducted a study to share the findings on the presence of Bisphenols in Thermal Papers.

To discuss this important issue ESDO organized a High-Level Policy Dialogue on ‘Comparison Report on BPA in Cash Receipts’ through the online platform Zoom on 11th April 2022 from 11.30 AM to 1.00 PM. The event focused on highlighting the findings of the report which showed the types of Bisphenols present in the cash receipts that we use daily.

Respected Chairperson of ESDO, Syed Marghub Murshed, Former Secretary, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh graced the event as Chief Guest. Dr. Mohammad Robed Amin, Line Director, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Dhaka attended the event as Guest of Honor.

Dr. Yun-Keun Lee, Executive Director, Wonjin Institute of Occupational Environment and Health, and Dr. Md. Mahbubur Rahman, Project Coordinator, Environment Intervention Unit, ICDDR,b was the guest speaker at this event.

Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General of ESDO moderated the open discussion session and Siddika Sultana, Executive Director of ESDO provided closing remarks.

Besides, representatives from Govt. officials, organizations, academicians from different universities, and print and electronic media journalists were present at the event.

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