Edible Bar Codes Aim to Swallow the Counterfeit Drug Market

Edible microtags make it possible for companies to mark everything from baby formula to car parts
Photograph by Ted Morrison/Gallery Stock

There’s something particularly alarming about counterfeit food and medicine. Knockoff pharmaceuticals have been found to contain chalk, brick dust, paint, pesticides, and even traces of human fetuses. The fakes, taken together with substandard meds, cause upwards of 100,000 deaths annually.

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