This quote contradicts a statement by the Revenue Commissioners to the Oireachtas. Codentify is a visible code developed and patented by a tobacco company, Philip Morris International. The company says that Codentify is “a unique, secure […] 12-digit code printed directly onto packs and cartons during manufacturing”.
Philip Morris is ‘donating’ money to organisations and agencies, such as Interpol, to promote Codentify. This is a conflict of interest. At a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on January 23, Gerard Moran, of the Revenue Commissioners, was asked if a system developed by the tobacco industry is compromised. He said: “Public policy on this [smuggling] issue needs to be settled by the various public bodies and Departments concerned. We are not particularly interested, therefore, in engaging with tobacco interests on it.”