Is microwave cooking safe?
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Oct29-09, 08:08 PM
...isn't satisfying to me. But then, on the same token, I don't know how trustworthy my TriField meter is.
Though I'm not sure of the mechanism for enforcement, they are required to be tested to meet government standards on leakage:
All new microwave ovens produced for sale in the United States must meet the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA/CDRH) performance requirements in Title 21, CFR, Part 1030.10. This requirement states that new ovens may not leak microwave radiation in excess of 1 mW cm–2 at 5 cm from the oven surface. It also states that ovens, once placed into service, may not leak microwave radiation in excess of 5 mW cm–2 at 5 cm from the oven surface. The "Procedure for Field Testing Microwave Ovens" (HEW Publication (FDA) 77-8037) is the standard method for verifying that these oven performance criteria are met.