Warn­ing signs of coun­ter­feit al­co­hol

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - NEWS - Jour­nal Sen­tinel

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.

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