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Formulating With TruTag Could Help Protect Drugs Against Counterfeiting

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Cellular Bioengineering Inc. is touting its biologically inert TruTag technology as an advanced layer of anti-counterfeiting protection for goods ranging from pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to airplane parts and works of art

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Two men and two corporations pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to charges of trafficking counterfeit Colgate toothpaste, including some that contained diethylene glycol, the Department of Justice announces Aug. 21. Saifoulaye Diallo and Habib Bah, both of New York, and two New York companies, Mabass Inc. and Vidtape Inc., admit to having trafficked a total of 518,028 tubes of the counterfeit Colgate toothpaste, with an estimated retail value of $730,419, and selling the products to secondary distributors and small to medium-sized discount stores in several states. The products were imported from China, packaged in Colgate-looking trade dress, and did not contain fluoride while some contained microorganisms such as bacillus spores, according to DOJ. Diallo and Habib each face up to 10 years in prison, a $2 million fine and three years probation after release, DOJ says. The Los Angeles City Attorney's office, working with FDA, filed charges in March 2008 against two other firms for allegedly selling DEG-tainted toothpaste (1"The Tan Sheet" March 10, 2008, In Brief)

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