Warning signs of counterfeit alcohol
The Mexican government has issued warnings to businesses and travelers about counterfeit alcohol. They encourage businesses to break bottles after use, so they are not bought on the black market and refilled with unregulated alcohol. Here are some of the warning signs listed by the government.
Bottle cap: Should not easily rotate or leak. Check for authentic hologram: Compare the lining to that of other bottles for consistency. Manual bottling is not as precise as automated bottling. Sediment: Turn the bottle upside down, then back up and note how bubbles rise. If you see falling particles, it may not have been produced under quality or hygiene standards. Glue: Most of the labels have a horizontal gluing system that prevents them from being completely peeled off. Labels: The tags and labels must be well glued and placed. Bottles with poorly placed labels do not pass quality control. Inks: Check to see if labels are placed over other labels. Embossings should have dimension, not be flat. Forgeries use inks that simulate custom colors. For example, golden edges are often printed in one solid color that reflects light. Forgeries simulate gold color.