– Bed, Bath & Beyond pulls radioactive tissue holders off shelves (Natural News, Jan. 15, 2012)
The Bed, Bath & Beyond company has announced that it is pulling all Dual Ridge Metal Boutique tissue holders, model number DR9M, from its website, and from the 200 stores across the US and Canada that have been selling the product since July, after the products were discovered to be radioactive. Though they claim the holders are not a health threat, officials are still urging everyone who purchased the tainted holder to return them to Bed, Bath & Beyond for a refund.
According to reports, the tissue holders in question are made with manmade cobalt-60, a synthetic radioactive isotope of cobalt. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists cobalt-60 as a cancer-causing material because it emits “powerful gamma rays” of ionizing radiation that are known to cause cancer. The agency also indicates that cobalt-60 is a “significant threat” to health (http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/cobalt.html).