The chemical “BPA” has been hot button issue over the past few years. People are most familiar with the chemical formerly being used in the manufacturing of can liners and plastics such as baby bottles, but the chemical is also used in the production of some thermal receipt paper.

Below is a list of some of the common questions people have about BPA and how it relates to NCCO thermal register rolls.


ANSWER: Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a common organic compound primarily used to make polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins and some thermal papers.

QUESTION: Does BPA pose a risk to human health?

ANSWER: Many studies have been conducted regarding the potential effects of BPA on humans. While it is generally concluded that metabolizing large amounts of BPA poses a potential health risk, the extent of the actual risk is inconclusive.

The general risk associated with BPA is that it is an endocrine disruptor that can potentially lead to negative health effects, particularly in early development.

QUESTION: What is the risk associated with BPA in thermal paper?

ANSWER: BPA in thermal paper has been shown to transfer onto a handler’s fingers and hands. According to a study published in July 2010, exposure to BPA for a person handling thermal printer paper for 10 hours a day would be 42 times less than the present tolerable daily intake.

QUESTION: Is there an alternative to thermal paper with BPA?

ANSWER: Yes, and all NCCO thermal register rolls are BPA free.

QUESTION: When did NCCO start providing BPA free thermal paper?

ANSWER: Since 2008, a significant amount of our carbonless and thermal paper has been BPA free. So the move made in 2011 to completely BPA free paper is not a drastic change for NCCO.

While numerous media outlets and research organizations will undoubtedly publish stories and studies debating whether BPA poses an imminent danger to humans, NCCO firmly believes our customers deserve high quality, reliably safe products free from this debate.

QUESTION: How do I order NCCO BPA free thermal paper?

ANSWER: Ordering BPA-Free thermal RegistRolls from NCCO is as easy as always. Simply contact your foodservice distributor to start using NCCO’s BPA-Free thermal rolls.