CTI Launches High-Tech Inks to Reduce Product Tampering and Counterfeiting
Friday, November 09, 2018
Press release from the issuing company
New “Tamper Heat” and “Tamper Freeze” Inks Combat Thieves’ Efforts to Use Extreme Heat or Cold to Alter Packaging
The ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ ink technologies from CTI are designed to protect documents, seals, tape, labels or various packaging substrates. ‘Tamper Freeze’ inks turn from clear to blue when exposed to temperatures below -10° C while ‘Tamper Heat’ turns from gray to orange (or gray to pink) if exposed to heat greater than 65° C.
According to CTI Founder Lyle Small, “Criminals have figured out that the way to get around high-heat tampering indicators is to ‘go cold’ by exposing packaging to very low temperatures. This can “delaminate” many adhesives without activating a tamper-heat indicator.
“The BlindSpotz™ ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ inks eliminate both threats,” Small continued. CTI’s ‘Tamper Freeze’ ink is the only tamper-evident product on the market to identify sub-freezing tampering.
Additionally, the ‘Tamper Heat’ ink offers multiple advantages compared to existing high-heat tamper evident inks: (1) they maintain color if exposed to very high temperatures (greater than 100° C for instance), (2) Tamper Heat/ Tamper Freeze technology activates within a 5° C window, (3) can be printed with adhesives and over-print varnishes and (4) will last much longer on the shelf than existing “heat irreversible” systems, in both wet and printed states.
The ‘Tamper Heat and Tamper Freeze’ inks are part of the BlindSpotz™ technology portfolio from CTI developed to print sensors on-pack to measure temperature compliance, confirm high pressure processing (HPP) pasteurization and detect tampering or water damage.
The ‘Tamper Heat-Freeze’ ink is available in UV Flexo and Water-based inks systems.
The Impact of Product Tampering.
Sadly, product tampering worldwide has continued: in September 2018, sewing needles were found inside strawberries in six of Australia’s seven states. In January 2018, metal pins were found in grocery store food in Offenburg, Germany, and in September 2017, jars of baby food in Friedrichshafen, Germany, were laced with ethylene glycol (the sweet-tasting compound used in antifreeze). The year 2016 saw deadly baked sweets containing a potent pesticide kill more than 30 people in Pakistan’s Punjab province following a family argument. And in 2003, Italian supermarkets were on high alert for several months when “The Aquabomber” used a syringe to contaminate water bottles with bleach and acetone. Over a dozen people became sick after drinking the tainted water.
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