WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here has added new products to a consumer alert about common household items being sold through some online auction sites, warning that these items could be stolen or tainted, posing health risks to consumers.
NRF’s warning comes in advance of a congressional hearing this Thursday about organized retail crime.
The new items added to the list of health and beauty products stolen and resold by criminals include: Alli weight loss pills, Bumble and Bumble, Gillette Fusion Razors and replacement cartridges, Matrix and Pureology. Other new electronics and food items include: high-end liquor, cigarettes, Red Bull energy drinks, Blu-ray movies and players, Braun electric razors and Dyson vacuums.
“Though retailers suffer billions of dollars in losses each year from organized retail crime, they are not the only group who’s hurt,” said Joe LaRocca, NRF’s senior asset protection advisor. “Most stolen merchandise is not stored properly and could expose unsuspecting shoppers or their children to a host of risks from spoiled baby formula and pain medication to inaccurate results from diabetic test strips or pregnancy tests.”
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