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Popular Smartphones Emit Illegal Radiation Levels, Research Reveals

Some phones from Apple, Samsung and other manufacturers have been found producing radiation higher than the safe levels set by the federal government. The discovery sparked concerns among experts and industry members, saying tech companies may put consumers at risk in the future. 

Mobile phone manuals commonly encourage users to keep the device at least 5 to 15 millimeters from the body to avoid too much exposure to radiofrequency (RF). However, a recent report by the Chicago Tribune claimed that that popular cellphones release RF radiation far higher than legal limits. 

The publication analyzed the specific absorption rate (SAR) of 11 cellphone models from four manufacturers to see how phones expose users to radiation that may cause cellular damage.

In the U.S., the government requires manufacturers to limit SAR of their mobile devices to 1.6 W/kg per 1 gram of head tissue. The Chicago Tribune found that the iPhone 7 has been producing radiation two times than the legal SAR limit. 

The publication said at a distance of 5 mm from the body, the phone emits between 2.5 and 3.46 W/kg. When the iPhone 7 was moved 2 mm closer to the body or just in the user’s pocket, the radiation levels reached 4.69 W/kg.

The Chicago Tribune also tested Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S8 and J3 models. Radiation from all products initially appeared within the legal limit when placed 10 to 15 mm from the body.

However, the radiation levels significantly increased when the phones were moved 2 mm from the body. The Galaxy S9 released 3.8 W/kg, the J3 registered 6.55 W/kg and SAR for the S8 surprisingly reached 8.22 W/kg. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it plans to conduct another testing with the mobile phones studied by the Chicago Tribune in the future. 

“We take seriously any claims on non-compliance with the RF (radiofrequency) exposure standards and will be obtaining and testing the subject phones for compliance with FCC rules," the agency’s spokesman Neil Grace said. 

Class-action law firm Fegan Scott said it will also launch an independent investigation, Mercola reported Wednesday. Apple and Motorola disputed the Chicago Tribune’s findings.

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