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Is Your Pint Glowing?


Unscrupulous manufacturers are apparently using radioactive waste in consumer products, and hiding the junk in old beer containers:

Abandoned medical scanners, food processing devices and mining equipment containing radioactive metals such as cesium-137 and cobalt-60 are often picked up by scrap collectors and sold to recyclers, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear arm. De Bruin said he sometimes finds such items hidden inside beer kegs and lead pipes to prevent detection.

The waste is being used, they say, in items including “purses, cutlery, sinks and hand tools.” But it’s the beer kegs that have us sweating…

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Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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