Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cellular Phone Makers Must Report Radiation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Cellular Phone Makers Must Report Radiation

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NEW YORK -- Cellular phone makers will be required to disclose information on radiation levels produced by their phones under a new policy adopted by the wireless industry's most influential trade group.

The new guidelines will be imposed next month for all new handset models submitted for certification by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, the Washington-based organization confirmed yesterday.

The new policy comes amid growing doubts over the long-presumed safety of holding a wireless phone against the head for prolonged periods of time. British researchers caused a stir in May with a report saying there's no evidence cell phone radiation is dangerous, but that future research may show otherwise.

"There has been increasing interest in this, and this is our way of responding, but we were also looking for an opportunity to make this information more understandable for consumers," said Jo-Anne Basile, an official with the trade group.

There's been no medical evidence suggesting that radiation from mobile phones might cause cancer or other health problems. But at the same time, there's no definitive proof that cell phone radiation is harmless.

The radiation reading, known as the "specific absorption rate" is a measure of the amount of radiation absorbed by the body while using a mobile phone. …

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