In under five years, there's been a sixty percent increase in the number of products pulled from shelves due to health and safety concerns. YNN's John Wagner spoke with shoppers who say they just can't keep track.
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A crib, a coffee pot, a slab of meat recalled due to safety issues with big consequences. For many like the Vanbenschoten family, precautions are taken at home, but most recalls aren't given that much thought.
"Last year when the salad was bad, we got a couple bags of that, but we just throw them away and hope we don't get sick," said Dana Vanbenschoten after shopping at Poughkeepsie's Price Chopper grocery store.
In 2007, under 1,500 products got recalled. By last year, that number jumped to nearly 2,400, averaging six and a half a day. Shoppers say that's information overload.
"Nowadays, at least I find, they say everything is bad," said LaGrange resident Shannon Page. "Whether it's a sunscreen product or everything has a warning, everything is bad, so I just think we've survived this long, we'll continue to survive."
"Unless it jumps out and it's screaming and there's some big poster or big news explosion about it, that's when I pay attention," said new Poughkeepsie resident Jessica Kenny.
Experts speculate the rise in recalls comes from better oversight and consumer’s use of social media to quickly identify health concerns.
"Lot of my friends have kids, so if they hear something, they'll call me and let me know and vice versa," said Poughkeepsie grandmother Tanya Ellis.
"If it's specifically for a child, my child, then I'll do the research and make sure, or a car, something big like that," said Kenny.
Regulators and retailers worry that shoppers have heard "the sky is falling" message too many times and have zoned out on what could be important messages. Many grocery stores use reward's cards to track recalled items and notify shoppers.
"They should pay attention because that's their money, they're losing money from that, and in this economy we don't need to lose a dime," said Rosa Evans, who checks online regularly for recall information.
You can sign up for email alerts and check for recalls at the government site, www.recalls.gov. And there's an app for that. For others, there's a father-in-law for that. Consumers can also check out www.saferproducts.gov.
"He watches the news and he reads every section of the paper," continued Dana Vanbenschoten. "So every time there's something, he calls or texts me to let me know not to buy it."