Last updated on: 2/16/2010 6:04:00 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?"
Reasoning:

“Many people are concerned that cell phone radiation will cause cancer or other serious health hazards. The weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems.

Cell phones emit low levels of radiofrequency energy (RF). Over the past 15 years, scientists have conducted hundreds of studies looking at the biological effects of the radiofrequency energy emitted by cell phones. While some researchers have reported biological changes associated with RF energy, these studies have failed to be replicated. The majority of studies published have failed to show an association between exposure to radiofrequency from a cell phone and health problems.

The low levels of RF cell phones emit while in use are in the microwave frequency range. They also emit RF at substantially reduced time intervals when in the stand-by mode. Whereas high levels of RF can produce health effects (by heating tissue), exposure to low level RF that does not produce heating effects causes no known adverse health effects.”

“Health Issues: Do Cell Phones Pose a Health Hazard,” www.fda.gov (accessed Oct. 1, 2009)

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Description:

“FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe. FDA also ensures that these products are honestly, accurately and informatively represented to the public.”

“What FDA Regulates,” www.fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Mission:

“The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.”

“What We Do,” www.fda.gov (accessed Jan. 21, 2010)

Other:
Federal government agency
Contact Info:
Phone
888-463-6332
Email
[email protected]
Website
www.fda.gov
Quoted in:
Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe? – Pro & Con Quotes