( 4UMF NEWS ) Bed Bath & Beyond Pulls Radioactive Tissue Boxes
We’ll stick with a plain old box of Kleenex.
The New York State Dept. of Health yanked several tissue boxes off Bed Bath & Beyond shelves after they were found to be radioactive.
The Dual Ridge Boutique metal boxes were found to contain small amounts of cobalt-60, which can cause cancer with prolonged exposure.
The “brushed metal” tissue boxes were found contain the toxic ingredient after a shipment bound for California stores set off alarms at a truck stop.
State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, confirmed that the boxes were removed from the shelves at four Bed, Bath and Beyond stores in New York State, claiming that they were never a threat to the public.
While New Yorkers may never had been exposed to the tainted tissue box, other shoppers may have been.
Bed, Bath and Beyond have reportedly pulled the product from their sales floor and has issued a full recall as well as offers of a full refund.
“The State Health Department and other state agencies are working closely with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and local health officials to ensure consumers are safe,” said Commissioner Shah.
NRC spokesman David McIntyre told the Associated Press the danger of keeping one the boxes on a bathroom vanity and spending about 30 minutes a day near it for a year would be the equivalent of a couple of chest x-rays.
“There’s no real health threat from these, but we advise people to return them,” he said.
He confirmed it was only one shipment that contained the contaminated products.
The products were shipped from India through the port of Newark.
While Bed Bath & Beyond couldn’t confirm what kind of metal the box was made of, the radioactive element cobalt-60 has been found in stainless steel products.
Cobalt-60 is used to detect structural flaws in metal parts as well as in product sterilization, according to the EPA.
Story @ NYDailyNews
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