Philadelphia, U.S.A. - May 31, 2011: A QR code (quick response code) on the back of a wine bottle. A QR code is a specific matrix barcode readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded in this QR code will take you directly to the manufacturer's website. The wine bottle is a Giesen Marlborough Savignon Blanc '10.

New software ready for checking fake liquor business in HP

Hamirpur (HP), May 1 (UNI) The Himachal Pradesh Excise and Taxation department has prepared a new software for checking the fake liquor business in the state.

With the help of mobile app of the Tax and Excise Department, any person will be able to check the quality of liquor by scanning the bar code on the bottle of liquor in the coming 15 days. The software for this is ready and the tender process for procurement of hardware is in the final stage, said an official spokesman.

The need for this software was felt following the death of seven people in Mandi district a few months back, due to drinking spurious liquor.

Yunus, Commissioner of Excise and Taxation Department, said that through the app, the bar code on the bottle will have to be scanned and complete information related to the manufacture of liquor will be available on the phone itself.

With this, the consumer will be able to know whether this liquor is genuine or adulterated. Along with this, in case of adulteration, he will be able to complain immediately to the department with the help of the app itself.

He said it would also be easy to break the network of sale of illicit liquor with the development of a system of online monitoring of the liquor coming out of all the bottling plants and distilleries located in the state.

Scanning the bar code shows the year of manufacture, batch number and where it was made, the Commissioner added.

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