Unredacted Product Samples

Manufacturers often put overt and covert (i.e., visible and invisible) codes (“Distribution Control Codes” or “Tracking Codes”) on products to exclusively track distribution in addition to, for example, the Batch Codes which are so useful for product recalls.   These Distribution Control Codes, which cannot be understood by consumers and may not even be seen except under ultraviolet or infrared light, are clearly not necessary or useful for recall or anti-counterfeiting purposes.   Moreover, Distribution Control Codes can be easily copied by counterfeiters and are similarly useless for purposes of confirming product authenticity.  Removal of Distribution Control or Tracking Codes preserves proprietary and confidential trade information and prevents arbitrary targeting of third party suppliers