Radioactive Bowls Found at Chicago Pet Store

Illinois Emergency Management Agency said 5 possibly contaminated bowls may have been sold at a store on 2000 N. Clybourne

Stainless steel pet bowls contaminated with low levels of radioactive material might have been shipped to 11 Petco stores throughout Illinois, state officials said Friday.

Two contaminated bowls were discovered on Friday by state inspectors at a Petco store at 2000 N. Clybourn Ave. in Chicago, according to a release from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

The state agency also said five possibly contaminated bowls might have been sold from the Clybourn store between June 14 and 15.

The bowls contained traces of cobalt-60, the statement said, but the highest radiation level detect was so low that holding one of the bowl for about six and a half days would be equivalent to an x-ray scan.

“These bowls do not pose an immediate health risk, but we always want to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken in a statement.

The shipment containing the contaminated bowls was received by a distribution center in Joliet, where inspectors found “several items” that imitated radiation, the IEMA said.

The bowls have since been pulled from shelves, and state and federal officials are working with Petco officials to isolate any contaminated bowls, the IEMA said.

“We will continue to work closely with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and store officials until we confirm that all items have been located and secured,” Monken said.

The IEMA recommends that anyone who believes they purchased a contaminated bowl should call the store where they bought it.

Among the Petco stores that might have received contaminated bowls are:

  • 2000 North Clybourn, Chicago
  • 440 North Orleans Street, Chicago
  • 629 East Dundee Road, Palatine
  • 2204 South Harlem, North Riverside
  • 4411 16th Street, Moline
  • 1310-1312 East Main Street, Carbondale
  • 2046 North State Route 50, Bourbonnais
  • 199 South Route 83, Elmhurst
  • 9645 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
  • 17930 Halstead Street, Homewood
  • 11720 South Marshfield, Chicago
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