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Tainted Chinese Goods Recalls in US Down 40% in Past Year

The number of recalls of tainted Chinese goods in the United States has fallen 40 percent in the past year, but more need to be done to reduce the figure further, Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told CNBC.

"Clearly the more we can work with our Chinese counterparts, educating them, and have good cooperation with them, and you will continue to see the market grow in terms of exports and recalls being reduce. This is progress," said Tenenbaum.

Keeping Chinese Products Safe

She noted that improvement is particularly significant in the area of toys.

"In 2008 we had 80 toys recalled. This year we only had 40, and with only 15 lead violations," Tenenbaum said.

She also stressed that new measures implemented by the government in 2008 to monitor consumer products coming in from China has not in any way reduced Chinese imports.

"In the last 10 years, we have gone from $80 billion to $273 billion dollars worth of Chinese consumer imports," she said.