Manufacturer of taggants for explosives, brand protection and product authentication weigh in on taggants in explosives debate.
In the aftermath of the recent Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, the debate over using taggants in explosives has come back to the forefront. It’s not a new debate—it’s been ongoing for over 30 years, resurrecting every time a bombing occurs. Experts from Minneapolis-based Microtrace LLC were recently interviewed by KARE 11 News and Fox 9 about this on-going debate.
Since 1985, Microtrace has manufactured taggant technologies, uniquely encoded materials or chemicals for brand protection and product authentication. But the original taggant technology, Microtrace’s Microtaggant® Identification Particles, was developed in the 1970s by 3M for the post-detonation tracing of explosives. Since then, Switzerland has successfully used Microtaggants for that purpose.
See what Brian Brogger from Microtrace has to say about the use of taggants in explosives:
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While the debate regarding Microtaggants in explosives continues, Microtrace enhances and develops new taggants technologies. Microtrace’s Microtaggant, Molecular Taggant™ and Spectral Taggant™ are widely used for brand protection and product authentication and most likely are already in or on products in your home. Brands utilize these taggants as a covert means to protect you from dangers of counterfeits, dilution of genuine materials and other sub-standard products.