Tissue Box Recall Due To Radioactive Material

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Tissue box recalled due to radioactive material
By QMI Agency
Last Updated: January 16, 2012 12:42pm
Retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond has recalled a decorative Kleenex box because it contains radioactive material.

The Dual Ridge Metal boutique tissue holder was sold online and at approximately 200 stores in Canada and the U.S. since July, according to a news release from the company.

The item, with UPC number 8476820004980, “contains a material which emits low levels of radiation,” the company said.

American media report the material in question is cobalt-60. Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman David McIntyre says there is little risk to human health but that it’s better to avoid any unnecessary exposure.

“If someone has one of these, they could receive a small radiation dose from it,” he said — the equivalent of a couple of chest X-rays* if the tissue box was kept in the bathroom for a year.

“According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, although any unnecessary radiation exposure is not desirable, there is no threat to anyone’s health from these tissue holders. The NRC has also informed us that the material is believed to be in the tissue holder itself and cannot be inhaled, nor can it contaminate other objects (such as tissues)” the company’s news release said.

Anyone who bought the tissue box can return it for a full refund. The item has been removed from the store’s websites.

Article Link:   http://www.lfpress.com/life/healthandfitness/2012/01/16/19249206.html

(NOTE: *Chest X-rays no longer used routinely in medical practice!)

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