CORRECTED – FedEx searching for missing radioactive rod

(Corrects spokeswoman’s name in second paragraph to Sally from
Sandy)

* Rod is used to calibrate medical X-ray equipment

* FedEx, NRC believe it poses no public health hazards

* FedEx searching for rod between Memphis and Knoxville

CHICAGO, Nov 26 (BestGrowthStock) – FedEx Corp_on Friday said it
was searching for a small radioactive rod shipped by the
company that was reported missing earlier this week.

The rod, used to calibrate medical equipment like CT
scanners, was en route from a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota,
to Knoxville, Tennessee, FedEx spokeswoman Sally Davenport
said.

It was one of three such rods in the shipment. The
recipient, whom FedEx declined to identify, received two rods,
but the third was reported missing on Tuesday, Davenport said.

The rod was packed in a lead container about 10 inches
(25.5 cm) long and weighing about 20 pounds (9 kg).

“As long as someone doesn’t pick it up and try to open it,
it wouldn’t be harmful to anyone,” she said.

FedEx notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. An NRC
spokesman said it was up to FedEx and state authorities to
locate the rod. He added that NRC did not view the missing rod
as a public health concern.

Davenport said FedEx is searching its hubs, stations and
trucks. The company believes the rod was lost between Memphis
and Knoxville or that it was misplaced after delivery.

“This is not an unusual shipment for us,” Davenport said.
“We actually have a dangerous goods department that works with
shippers to ensure that they have the right packaging material,
labeling, and all of the things that are necessary to ship this
type of material.”
(Reporting by Kyle Peterson; Editing by Jerry Norton)

CORRECTED – FedEx searching for missing radioactive rod