New York - Security watchdog Sen. Charles Schumer says American consumers are in greater danger than realized from food and other products from China, and an “import czar” is needed to make sure hazardous shipments do not slip through a maze of agencies and inadequate safety checks.
Responding to recent disclosures about tainted seafood, toothpaste and automobile tires, the New York Democrat told a news conference on Sunday that more than 100 shipments of Chinese goods have been blocked from entering the Port of New York and New Jersey this year so far, but called that “only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to contaminated and dangerous Chinese goods coming to the United States.”
Schumer said neither the U.S. nor Chinese governments conduct sufficient safety inspections on a myriad of imports, ranging from veterinary drugs to jewelry and toys with lead paint to chocolate that contained undeclared peanuts as an ingredient and aflatoxins, a carcinogen.[ap]
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