City sued over phone radiation law

City sued over phone radiation law

The US mobile phone industry has joined forces to sue the city of San Francisco in a bid to stop a law requiring mobile phone stores to ensure handsets display how much radiation they emit.

The ‘Cell Phone Right-To-Know’ law is the first of its kind in the US. The CTIA, which represents The Wireless Association, argues that the law is misleading and could confuse consumers into thinking accepted U.S. safety standards are insufficient and that it conveys the message that the safety of a given mobile phone is linked to its radiation information.

In a statement, the CTIA said: ‘The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined that all wireless phones legally sold in the United States are 'safe.' The FCC monitors scientific research on a regular basis, and its standard for RF exposure is based on recommended guidelines adopted by US and international standard-setting bodies. Furthermore, according to the experts at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the available scientific evidence shows no known health risk due to the RF energy emitted by cell phones.’

Announcing the law, in January, Mayor Gavin Newsome said: ‘This legislation will encourage telephone manufacturers to redesign their devices to function at lower radiation levels. This is similar to Prop. 65, which dramatically reduced public exposure to toxic materials because chemical companies removed toxic ingredients from their products in order to avoid product warnings.’

Written by Mobile Today
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