On January 11, I told you about a shipment of metal tissue holders that tripped radiation monitors in California. Somehow, I missed this from January 13 in USA Today:
Metal tissue holders contaminated with low levels of radioactive material may have been distributed to Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in more than 20 states including New York, federal regulators said Thursday.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman David McIntyre said the home products company had pulled the tissue holder from its stores.
McIntyre tried to downplay the dangers of having one of the tissue holders in your home, but he didn’t do a very good job of persuading me:
He said there is little to no risk to human health — but it’s better to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation.
“If someone has one of these, they could receive a small radiation dose from it,” he said. For example, he said someone keeping one of the boxes on a vanity in the bathroom and spending about 30 minutes a day near it for a year would receive 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.