Tuesday, November 3, 2009

“Buyer Beware” List of Products for Shoppers to Steer Clear on Auction Sites

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has updated their list of products most susceptible to retail theft. Some of these household items are being sold on online auction site. The danger for these products is the consumer has no idea in what conditions the items were stored and when the items are medicinal in nature this poses a health risk to the buyer.

“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 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.”

Medicinal products listed included:

  • Abreva
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Alli weight loss pill
  • Claritin
  • diabetic testing strips
  • e.p.t. pregnancy tests
  • Pepcid AC
  • Prilosec
  • Sudafed
  • Tylenol Extra Strength
  • Visine
  • Zantac

For information about the dangers of using expired or improperly stored medication, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

To view the entire list of household products visit: www.nrf.com

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