On June 30, I wrote about radioactive pet bowls found at Petco stores in and near Chicago. Bowls have been reportedly pulled from shelves. Still, I asked, 'How can this happen?"
The Raise a Green Dog blog helps to answer. According to this excellent post, It wasn't all that long ago, that HealthyStuff.org, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the potential dangers lurking in products for pets, children and adults, indicated in their pet product report that the DuraPet Stainless Steel pet bowl contained high levels of lead.
You may not be aware but radioactive contaminated products have been found in various sources over the years, including the recent recall of contaminated tissue boxes from Bed Bath & Beyond, and a radioactive cheese grader found in Michigan,
We all want recycling, but according to a 2008 piece in the Los Angeles Times, recycled radioactive goods may be responsible. Also, according to the story, the U.S. Customs Bureau routinely rejects materials at U.S. ports because of radioactivity. French authorities made headlines in 2008 when they said as many as 500 sets of radioactive buttons had been installed in elevators throughout France. It wasn't an isolated case.
Improper disposal of industrial equipment and medical scanners containing radioactive materials is allowing nuclear waste to trickle into scrap smelters, contaminating consumer goods, threatening the $140-billion trade in recycled metal and spurring the United Nations to call for increased screening.
According to several sources - it's not surprising - chronic exposure to low doses of radiation is not ideal. In humans there's been a correlation made that radioactivity exposure can cause birth defects, cancer and cataracts (and potentially other issues, including infertility). Is the same true for dogs, and perhaps even more significant than in people? Likely.
Is China again - AGAIN - at fault, and our government seems inept or unwilling to deal with it? I don't know where these pet bowls were made, though it seems when it comes to radiation in products scrap from products recycled and made in the U.S. might also be implicated. But so are products are India and China.
So, what can you do about it? The Raise a Green Dog blog hints at shopping with a Geiger Counter. Personally, I'm not sure that is practical, or really necessary. But is it? What we have no way to know is how many human or pet products are missed by the authorities (who can't test every single pet bowl, for example). In this instance of the pet bowls at Petco , Illinois state officials somehow discovered the tainted bowls. But what's missed that might be in our homes?