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Address health concerns on mobiles: Sukul

Friday, July 11, 2008

Update: 11:02AM A CONSUMER watchdog wants Government and mobile phone firms to address possible health effects of mobile phones.

Fiji Consumers Association secretary Paras Sukul says with the deregulation of the industry and competitive retail prices, consumer use of mobile phones will most likely double in the next couple of years.

The health effects of mobile is an ongoing issue of debate overseas and studies have been

commissioned by governments in Europe and North America to look into this area, he said.One major study in the United Kingdom in 2000 (IEGM, Mobile Phones and Health, Sir William

Stewart) recommended the implementation of standards such as maximum allowable radiofrequency radiation (RF) levels for mobile phones, base stations and other systems.

He said the study also recommended that consumers be fully informed via product labeling of the fact that mobile phones do emit RF radiation.

It also called for regulations for base stations such as their banning from population centres or areas where human exposure would be high, Mr Sukul said.