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June 10th, 2009

Metals from China are more likely to include recycled inputs, which means a higher opportunity for contamination. Just caught a news item that highlights the incidence of radioactive materials 101in everyday consumer products, and it’s definitely worth a look. 

A recent example emerged last summer, when a Flint, Mich., scrap plant discovered a beat-up kitchen cheese grater that was radioactive. The China-made grater bearing the well-known EKCO brand name was laced with the isotope Cobalt-60. Tests showed the gadget to be giving off the equivalent of a chest X-ray over 36 hours of use, according to NRC documents.

Irony, of course, would be a geiger counter that was made in China!

The Scripps News report was filed by Isaac Wolf and can be found at the link here

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