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Recall of Chinese products concerns shoppers

"With food items I think we're all a little bit at risk," says  Dr. Duane Rosa "With food items I think we're all a little bit at risk," says Dr. Duane Rosa
"I might do a little internet research and see what's been recalled and see what the problem with it was," says Staci Hays "I might do a little internet research and see what's been recalled and see what the problem with it was," says Staci Hays

A string of recalls on Chinese imports is spurring safety concerns among shoppers in Amarillo and across the country.

We found out why making sure those products are safe is so difficult. Staci Hays keeps an eye on what she brings home for dinner, but that's limited to checking products for nutrition content.  "I really don't pay much attention to where they're from or what the problem with them could be."

Making sure those products are safe is not her job says one local economist.  That's up to federal agencies like U.S. Customs and the FDA; who have been struggling with the task lately.  "Where the problem comes in is the ability to inspect every product that comes across borders from all the various areas it's coming. It's an enormous undertaking," notes Dr. Duane Rosa.

Hays says now she'll take a closer look not only at what she puts in her fridge, but where it comes from.  "I might do a little internet research and see what's been recalled and see what the problem with it was."  But Rosa notes consumers can't go it alone when it comes to product safety; and that government agencies should put more people on the job of inspecting a growing number of Chinese imports. "With food items I think we're all a little bit at risk.

Rosa says more recalls could happen because China is providing the U.S. with more products than ever before, but lacks controls to guarantee the safety of those products.

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