Mobile Phones Must Display
Says San Francisco
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San Francisco is to require shops selling mobile phones to
display levels of radiation emitted by their handsets in the
same way that restaurants show the number of calories in
fatty foods and drinks.
It is the first city in the US to take the step which will
involve a measure of radiation called the "specific
absorption rate" being shown next to each phone on the
shelves. It measures how much energy a person absorbs per
kilogram of body weight when using a handset.
The move is backed by the city's mayor Gavin Newsom, who is
known for being a proponent of new technology.
San Francisco, one of the most environmentally conscious
cities in the US, was also the first major city in the US to
ban plastic bags in supermarkets three years ago.
Sophie Maxwell, the local politician who introduced the
mobile phone law, said it was intended to "help people make
informed choices." But opponents within the mobile phone
industry said it would "mislead" consumers into believing
that some cell phones are safer than others.
They argue that safety is already ensured by the regulator,
the Federal Communications Commission, which imposes a
maximum specific absorption rate of 1.6 watts per kilogram
on all phones sold in the US.
The scientific debate over the health effects of mobile
phones remains unresolved. A $24 million (£16 million) UN
study released lat month was considered inconclusive.
Authors of the study said because cancers can take decades
to develop there was no way to tell yet how big the risk is.
Mobile phones send out radio waves in a form similar to that
used in microwave ovens but at very low levels. There is no
accepted theory to explain how, or if, these weak radio
waves can affect the body beyond heating it to a very small
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