By  on July 17, 2007

WASHINGTON — Product safety oversight is getting more scrutiny from Congress after the discovery of contaminated imports from China and could spill over into regulations and requirements for apparel importers.

The importers are also concerned that the heightened attention on product safety may add to the broader pressure in Congress to rein in imports from China, which includes potential legislation on Chinese currency policy and unfair trade practices. Domestic textile producers welcomed the latest developments, arguing that the existing U.S. inspection system is inadequate and creates an unfair advantage for foreign producers that are not held to the same product safety standards as U.S. manufacturers.

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