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The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released the following statement yesterday:

“The Coalition Against Organized Retail Theft hails Congress’ passage of legislation that will provide for greater involvement of federal law enforcement in combating the growing problem of Organized Retail Theft (ORT).

“The language was incorporated into the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization bill (H. R. 3402), which the Senate passed on December 17. The House of Representatives passed the bill on September 28. The bill will now go to President Bush for his approval.

“The bill is a significant win for consumers, retailers and manufacturers, who have been victimized by professional shoplifting gangs in recent years. According to federal law enforcement officials, it is estimated that these theft rings are responsible for stealing as much as $30 billion in consumer products and merchandise from retail stores each year.

“The coalition, chaired by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and comprised of national organizations representing retailers, suppliers and individual companies, has been working on a legislative solution with Congress for more than five years.”
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