UPDATE 1-FedEx finds missing radioactive rod after search

* Rod found at FedEx Knoxville, Tennessee, station

* Rod is used to calibrate medical X-ray equipment

* FedEx, NRC believe it poses no public health hazards
(Recasts with FedEx finding radioactive rod)

CHICAGO, Nov 26 (BestGrowthStock) – FedEx Corp said_on Friday it
found a small radioactive rod lost in shipping earlier this
week.

The rod, used to calibrate medical equipment like CT
scanners, turned up in the Knoxville, Tennessee, FedEx
station.

FedEx and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the
10-inch (25.5-cm) rod, packed in a 20-pound (9-kg) lead
container, was never a public heath concern. But the lost item
triggered a mini-blizzard of media attention.

“We have found our package, our missing radioactive
package,” said FedEx spokeswoman Sally Davenport.

“It never left our custody,” she said.

The rod was reported missing on Tuesday by the recipient,
whom FedEx declined to identify. It was one of three such rods
in a shipment from a hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. But the
recipient told FedEx it had received only two.

FedEx notified the NRC, whose spokesman told Reuters it was
up to FedEx and state authorities to locate the rod.

“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)

UPDATE 1-FedEx finds missing radioactive rod after search