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Governor Investigates Food Fears In Chinatown

Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle
Danny Au Danny Au

By: Mari-Ela David

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Recent recalls from China may be effecting business in Oahu's bustling Chinatown district. The governor toured Chinatown to investigate the issue Monday.

She met one-on-one with merchants, to see for herself if the national recall of certain Chinese foods has slowed business down.

"They feel that the majority of the reduction in business they may have experienced this month is really something seasonal. And it's not tied to the food scares, product scares in china," she says.

Although, there are no reports of anyone getting sick in Hawaii from food imported from China, at least one store owner says fears have impacted his business.

"We have been slowed down because, of course there's some effect of the economy and also because of the few incidences of chinese food stuff, so it affect our business. I would say around 20%," says Danny Au, co-owner of Bo Wah Trading Company.

Governor Lingle says the recall has triggered more intense food inspections. So intense, there's a delay in getting products to Chinatown.

Merchants say they only hope food fears don't spoil consumer confidence in Chinatown.

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