More than 200 scientists from 42 countries have filed a petition to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization, asking for stricter guidelines and regulatory standards regarding AirPods and other Bluetooth earbuds that could increase the risk of cancer.
“Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices.
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,” states the petition, which also casts serious shade at the WHO.
This is exactly the type of news no one wants to hear, especially if they recently bought wireless earbuds.
“The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF.
By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent international public health agency.”
One of the scientists who signed their name on it, a professor of biochemistry, told Medium that AirPods’ “placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation.”
This is not the first time that researchers raise such an alarm. In 2016, a similar complaint was met with Apple’s assurance that its products “are always designed and tested to meet or exceed all safety requirements.”
Other companies did not comment.