Omega withdraws anti-radiation chip from sale

BRUSSELS Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:26am EST

BRUSSELS Dec 15 (Reuters ) - Belgian health products distributor Omega Pharma OMEP.BR has withdrawn from sale a chip it launched last week to counter potentially damaging radiation from mobile phones.

"After the launch... a storm of protest broke out during which scientific proof of doctors and professors was brought into doubt," the company said.

Omega Pharma's shares traded down about 2 percent at of 0919 GMT against the Belgian blue-chip index which was up about 0.2 percent.

The company, which sells non-prescription products to pharmacists, said it had decided to repeat some tests and make the results known as soon as possible.

It said that the E-Waves Phone Chip reduced the heating effect of a mobile phone, but not to the degree it had initially indicated. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Erica Billingham)