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CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Emergency Management Officials in Illinois are warning that some tissue boxes sold by Bed, Bath and Beyond are contaminated with a radioactive material.

The boxes shipped from India, were sold in 20 states - including two stores in the Chicago area.

According to IEMA, the box holders are contaminated with low-levels of cobalt-60, a radio-active material.

Officials say a person who spends 10 hours within one foot of the holder would receive a dose of radiation equivalent to a single chest x-ray.

Officials say the items were removed from store shelves on Thursday in Chicago. At this time, it doesn't appear any of the affected items were shipped to stores in other areas of the state, according to IEMA.

The items are in the Dual Ridge Boutique product line, model number DR9M.

Customers who believe they may have purchased a tissue box holder from the Dual Ridge Boutique product line should contact Bed, Bath and Beyond at 1-800-462-3966.

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