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A Brief History of the Microwave Oven

After testing 15 microwave ovens…Consumers Union warned in March, 1973, that none could be considered “completely safe,” in part because there was no solid data on safe levels of radiation emission. Government and industry soon answered. [Food and Drug Administration] officials testified to the reliability of their standards before the Senate Commerce Committee's radiation control hearings, while microwave oven makers proclaimed the safety of their products in publicity campaigns…. All this has not shaken the resolve of Consumers Union by one milliwatt. “We see no reason to change our minds, but we are always open to changing it when additional data comes in,” said Leonard Smiley, chief of the appliance division there…. For consumers, he said, the temporary solution to the complex problem is to beware the microwave oven.

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