Does this stainless steel pet bowl look familiar? Well, if you purchased it from Petco between May 31 and June 20, 2012, it may be radioactive. Read on; there are two more radioactive styles....
These three pet bowls have been recalled by Petco:
PETC-3.75C DEEP TWO TONE NOTIP
9.25” diameter; 3.75 cup
PETC-3.5C NO-TIP SS HAMMRD BWL
9” diameter; 3.5 cup capacity
PETC-7C TWO TONE NONTIP BOWL
9” diameter; 7 cup
The bowls are contaminated with Cobalt-60, a radioactive material commonly used in industrial gauging equipment. Petco states it doesn't know how the material got into the stainless steel bowls, but the company thinks it came from scrap metal. The country of origin was not disclosed, but the bowls in the second of two containers were stopped at the border when radiation was found. The first container did get through Customs and Border Protection and its contents were distributed to Petco stores.
The bowls in the first container, Petco contends, are mostly still in the distribution centers; now, they have been separated from the stores' other products and quarantined. The supplier of the bowls was not identified, but states through Petco that special screening procedures have been put in place, and that it is not aware of issues with bowls shipped to other pet store distribution centers.
Petco's public statement about the bowls indicate that the Cobalt-60 levels have been tested and assure the public that there is no health risk to humans or pets. Illinois 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.”
Nevertheless, Petco has issued a recall, and if you have one of the magic SKU number, you can get your money back. If you have purchased stainless steel bowls from other pet stores that were made abroad, and you purchased them this year, I would stop feeding my pet from that bowl - that's just what I would do.