A cluster of black, studded, peplum belts offered by high street online retailer ASOS were recalled in January because the items, it turns out, contained radioactive materials.
The news, however, went unnoticed until the Guardian published this report Monday. An internal investigation commissioned by the uber-successful e-retailer called "Project Purple Flower" and obtained by the Guardian revealed that a US border control official pulled one of the offending belts, which tested positive for Cobalt-60. The report added, "Unfortunately, this incident is quite a common occurrence."
Cobalt-60 is a radioactive isotope that can lead to an increased risk of cancer. According to the EPA, prolonged, external exposure to it is "considered a significant threat." The internal report reveals that the contaminated belts, if worn for more than 500 hours, could cause injury to its wearer.
The revelation has lead to a global recall of the belts- 600 were produced, 49 have been sold across 14 countries, and "none of these belts are suitable for public use or possession," it says. With ASOS' nature as an online retailer, the company was thankfully able to reach out to those who purchased the radioactive items within its database.