CHPA Applauds Congressional Efforts to Address Organized Retail Theft

Supports committee efforts to treat this crime as a federal felony

Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2005)—As a member of the Coalition Against Organized Retail Theft, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) was pleased to lend its support to Congressional efforts to combat professional shoplifting rings.  The Coalition Against Organized Retail Theft is a consortium of manufacturing and retail organizations that supports more stringent penalties aimed at combating organized retail theft. 

As professional shoplifting rings have become more lucrative for criminals throughout the country, organized retail theft has been growing at an alarming rate.  CHPA applauds the House committee for its investigation into finding ways to address this issue, and looks forward to future efforts and initiatives that would treat organized retail theft as a federal felony.  Kevin Kraushaar, CHPA vice president of government relations, welcomed the increased attention to this issue, saying: “CHPA and its allies from the Coalition Against Organized Retail Theft have been working to address this challenge.  For our member companies, it is alarming to consider the possibility of compromised quality in some of the over-the-counter medicines – most often nicotine replacement therapies – that end up in unsavory distribution channels.  We are pleased that the subcommittee is investigating this issue, and support such efforts that would also provide an additional tool in the fight against the illegal diversion of pseudoephedrine to make methamphetamine.”

Contacts: Elizabeth Assey and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 124-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.