On Tuesday July 31, 2018, McMaster University was informed that the outer container of a package containing medical isotopes used to treat prostate cancer was found to be damaged upon arrival at the Lufthansa warehouse at Pearson Airport in Toronto, ON. The medical isotope was securely and safely packaged within 5 separate layers of containment; the final one being the shipping box which was noted to be damaged.

McMaster staff responded to the warehouse, inspected and performed radiological surveys of the package.  We determined that there was no safety impact associated with the incident. The package was repackaged and is currently in transit to the customer.

There was no release of radiation from this shipment and no threat to the public, environment or safety as a result of this incident.

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