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Bayer launches anti-piracy Qualidate technology

Bayer CropScience has launched its Qualidate “fingerprint authentication technique”. The patent-protected technology is based on approved food additives and has been developed to defend the company’s crop protection products against counterfeiting, it says. "This innovative tool provides a quick and easy test to determine whether or not a product is authentic and of original Bayer CropScience quality," member of the board of management Dr Rüdiger Scheitza says. The European Crop Protection Association says that the fake pesticide business in Europe has been growing over the past years, Bayer adds. The trade has developed with the “increase in computerised manufacturing processes, graphics for labelling, and the relaxation in global and regional trade law”. A large consignment of fake pesticides was seized last month by the Polish security service, the CBS (see this issue).

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