"Counterfeiters will copy and sell anything that turns a profit without regard to quality, safety or the law," said Brian Monks, vice president of UL's Anti-Counterfeiting Operations. "They're criminals, and everyone feels the pinch -consumers, manufacturers, retailers, communities and entire economies."
For consumers, the biggest threat is personal safety. Products are rigorously tested according to strict UL requirements, being evaluated for potential risk of fire, shock, and/or personal injury. Products are not certified until they meet established standards. Because products bearing counterfeit certification marks have not undergone a testing and certification process, they can present potential safety hazards to the end-user.
UL®, as part of its continuing program to identify counterfeit cable, has developed a Holographic Label Authenticator Authenticator Card that can be used to identify genuine gold holographic labels. This special credit card-sized device can be used to better identify counterfeit products with illegitimate UL holograms. The card has a special window on it. When moved across the special UL logo made with color-shifting ink, the UL should appear and disappear.
The Authenticator, Part Number 1000-S0132, may be ordered directly from UL.....ORDER AUTHENTICATOR
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