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Brian Lahiff,Suffolk Child Care Council; Elsa Ford, Brentwood/Bayshore Breast Cancer Coalition; SC Legislator Steve Stern; SC Exec Steve Bellone; Karen Joy Miller, Prevention Is The Cure (Campaign of Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition); Shelby Poole, Owner of Jackson's Restaurant

April G Hannan Jan 4, 2012

January 3rd, Suffolk County passed a measure that bans using receipts coated with the chemical Bisphenol A, BPA. The Safer Sales Slip Act is a first in the nation ban.

Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern's Safer Sales Slip Act was signed into law by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone at Jackson’s Restaurant, a local business that is committed to using BPA-free cash register receipts to protect public health. This law prohibits the use of thermal sales receipts that contain the chemical BPA. BPA has been connected to a myriad of health problems for adults, children and unborn babies. Research shows connections to cancers of the breast and prostate, endocrine disorders, learning disabilities, obesity and diabetes. BPA enters the body through the skin and hand to mouth contact, and is detectable in more than 93% of the population

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Businesses will have a one year grace period to switch over to alternative before penalties come in to affect.

Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern noted for his successful public health initiatives, has worked closely with Karen Joy Miller, founder of Prevention Is The Cure, an initiative of the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition regarding health issues of BPA.  Prevention Is The Cure emphasizes the elimination of the causes of cancer.

In 2009, the Suffolk County Legislature lead the nation in prohibiting the use of BPA in baby bottles and other beverage containers used by children under three. Thanks to County Executives like Steve Bellone and Legislators like Steve Stern, Suffolk County continues to lead the nation, protecting public health by passing The Safer Sales Slip Act in to law.