For Immediate Release
January 20, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Tissue Holders Containing Low-Level Radiation Recalled from Bed, Bath & Beyond

One Item Possibly Purchased in Overland Park Store

TOPEKA, Kan. — Two metal tissue holders (like the one pictured below) containing low levels of radioactive material were distributed to a Bed, Bath & Beyond store in Overland Park, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) learned Thursday that it is possible one of these items was sold before the store could remove both items from the shelves. These tissue holders do not pose an immediate health risk, but KDHE is urging citizens who might have purchased one of these items to return it to Bed, Bath & Beyond immediately.

“The radioactivity is contained within the metal of the box and cannot be transferred to tissues or people. There is little to no risk to human health, but it's better to avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation,” explained KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer Robert Moser, MD. “I am urging those citizens who shop the Overland Park Bed, Bath & Beyond and have recently purchased a tissue box holder to check and make sure it’s not this item that’s been recalled.”

The contaminated item is in the Dual Ridge Boutique product line, model number DR9M. The product SKU is 18485524. The UPC is 8476820004980. These tissue box holders were manufactured at a facility in India and shipped to a Bed, Bath & Beyond distribution site in New Jersey. The items were shipped to the company’s stores in 20 states, including Kansas. Only the store at 12035 Metcalf in Overland Park received these items.

The company posted a brief statement on its website and Facebook page, as well as in stores, announcing the problem and advising customers who have purchased this product to return it to their nearest Bed Bath & Beyond store for a full refund. More information is available from the retailer at 1-800-462-3966.