Radiation found in Bed Bath and Beyond Products
January 20, 2012 • Allison Doll, Writer
Filed under News
It’s cold and flu season that means it is also time for runny noses, sore throats, coughing, sneezing, fever, headaches, and aching muscles, that is enough of a problems without having to worry about the effects of Radioactive Activity. On Monday the U.S. retail company Bed Bath and Beyond, recalled all dual ridge metal boutique tissue holders due to possible radiation contamination. The retailer issued a voluntary recall on the tissue holders, the holders were sold in two hundred of the retailers in one thousand stores in the United States and in Canada as well as on the retailer’s website. The retailers have carried this product since July last year. Traditionally when radiation is exposed to humans the effects are nausea, vomiting, headaches, and loss of some white blood cells but in extreme cases exposer to radiation could even cause death. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said “We assured the retailer Bed Bath and Beyond, that the radiation we found is not a threat to any one’s health. We have informed the local health officials that scrap metal containing Cobalt-60 (often used to treat cancer patients), could have accidentally been added during the melting process,” The radiation in the tissue holders cannot be inhaled and it cannot contaminate other objects such as the tissues.
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shan said “exposer to one of the tissue holders for an hour is the equivalent to the radiation of a heart x-rays,”
The radiation contamination problem was brought into prospective on Tuesday the tenth, when a truck loaded with the tissue holders set off a surveillance monitor while being checked in California. Though the tissue holders are considered non contaminating, customers are still advised to return the tissue holders for a full refund of the purchase price.