20 Mar '12, 6pm

That metal tissue box you bought from Bed Bath & Beyond? Yeah, it might be radioactive:

Radiation is an effective treatment for some serious illnesses, but it’s not generally applied to the common cold — unless you bought a metal tissue box from Bed Bath & Beyond. In January, the retailer recalled tissue boxes from 200 stores because they had been contaminated by radioactive metal. A spokesperson said there had never been any health danger from the radioactive boxes, which had apparently somehow come in contact with medical-use cobalt-60. The recall came “out of an abundance of caution.” But with an abundance of caution in play, how do you end up importing and vending irradiated products? The trouble is that scrap metal collectors don’t usually go out with a Geiger counter, so dangerous scrap from medical or military instruments may be mixed in with the innocuous stuff. It’s not just tissue boxes — there have also been nuclear elevator buttons in France and r...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/watch-out-for-irradiated-tissue-boxes/

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