Proposal aims to fit phone health labels

Proposal aims to fit phone health labels
Melanie Reynolds Health warning labels will be fitted to mobile phones if a European Parliament recommendation is accepted. The recommendation is seeking to eliminate any possible public health hazard by limiting public exposure to non-ionising electromagnetic radiation. It singles out mobile phones in particular due to the proximity and length of exposure involved. If accepted, the proposal’s recommendations will be put in place by January 1, 2001. The labels would provide information on the fields generated by electrical equipment as a function of distance. The information would be based on scientific documentation which already exists. However, there is also a call for EU members to promote and review research relevant to electromagnetic fields and human health as part of their national research programmes. The recommendation was welcomed by Roger Coghill of Coghill Research Labs: “It’s a complete vindication of all I’ve said.” Coghill brought a UK court case to try and force mobile phones to carry health warnings but the action was dismissed last November. “The evidence that there’s a serious health hazard from the over use of mobile phones is now overwhelming,” said Coghill, who reckons that 650,000 people in the UK use their cell phones excessively.


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