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Canadian MP wants warning labels on cell phones


 
 
  Canadian MP Terence Young

A Canadian MP wants to introduce a law to force manufacturers to place labels on cellular and cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers and baby monitors to warn consumers about possible and unproven health risks.

 
MP Terence Young from Oakville Ontario has introduced private member’s Bill C-648 – the Warning Labels for Radio Apparatus Act – for debate in the Canadian parliament.
 
“The purpose of Bill C-648 is to protect Canadians, by changing the way we think about cellular telephones, Wi-Fi, portable telephones, baby monitors and other wireless devices, by empowering them with the information they need to understand potential serious risks to their health from long term and continuous use of these devices, and the greater risks to children,” Mr Young said in media conference to announce the proposed law.
 
The bill will require labels on cell phones and other wireless devices to include a reference to the 2011 International Agency for Research on Cancer classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”, the symbol for non-ionizing radiation hazards and a list of the possible, but unproven, health risks.
 
Mr Young announced the bill in a joint media conference with Canadians for Safe Technology a group that has fought the installation of smart meters and cell towers.
 
The city of San Francisco tried to enact a similar law several years ago which required city cell phone retailers to provide a fact sheet warning of the alleged dangers, but it was dismissed by a federal judge who likened the legislation to warning about the dangers of UFOs.
 
“Anything is possible,” Alsup said during the trial. “Let's put [out] a brochure about UFOs. If you have concerns about UFOs, here are the steps you can take.”
 
The Judge ruled that the required warnings were misleading because they implied cell phones were dangerous and unregulated.
 
“The overall impression left is that cell phones are dangerous and that they have somehow escaped the regulatory process," Judge Alsup wrote.  “That impression is untrue and misleading, for all of the cell phones sold in the United States must comply with safety limits set by the FCC.”
 
“The FCC set a conservative standard, one weighted heavily in favor of minimizing any public health hazard,” the judge said.
 
The proposed Canadian law also implies that cell phones are unregulated by including regulations to test, analyse and inspect radio devices; however, cell phones in Canada are already comprehensively regulated by Industry Canada.
 
Industry Canada has adopted Health Canada's radio frequency exposure guidelines to protect the general public by ensuring that exposure from cell phones and cell phone towers do not exceed the specified limits.
 
Terence Young is known for introducing a new Law enacted in 2014 which required pharmaceutical companies to better label serious side effects. The law, known as Vanessa’s Law, was passed after Young’s teenage daughter died of a heart attack from a medication she was taking.
 
He also founded Drug Safety Canada in 2002, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting the safe use of prescription drugs and raising awareness of the harms related to prescription drugs.

 

 

Published 7/4/2015

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