Petco has determined that one of its foreign suppliers used stainless steel mistakenly containing small quantities of Cobalt-60 when fabricating certain orders of certain SKUs/models of stainless steel pet food bowls. Cobalt-60 is a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment and other uses.
The affected products were found to emit low levels of radiation.
All of the expert testing conducted on these products to date indicates that there is no health risk to the public, to our associates or to pets.
To [Petco's] knowledge, the affected products were limited to two cargo containers that entered the United States in late May and early June. We’ve also determined that the affected products pose no health risk, and were and are safe to be handled by our associates.
[Petco] also confirmed that very few affected items were actually sold to consumers. [Petco is working to contact those customers to inform them of the situation and to retrieve those particular bowls.
Petco has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a number of state governments, and is in the process of notifying other appropriate states as we continue to collect and verify information.
The Illinois state government did its own testing and issued a news release stating that “a person would have to hold one of the bowls against their chest for roughly six and a half days to receive a dose of radiation equivalent to a single chest X-ray,” and that “these bowls do not pose an immediate health risk.”
Customers who purchased these products between the dates of May 31 and June 20, 2012, should bring it to their local Petco store for a full refund. If you have any questions, please call Petco Customer Service at 877-738-6742.
SKU numbers can be found on labels inside and on the bottom of the bowls.
PETC-3.75C DEEP TWO TONE NOTIP
9.25” diameter; 3.75 cup capacity
PETC-3.5C NO-TIP SS HAMMRD BWL
9” diameter; 3.5 cup capacity
PETC-7C TWO TONE NONTIP BOWL
9” diameter; 7 cup capacity
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