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Vol.  10  No. 10 October 2008  Page 11
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Donald FoxTamper Proof

By Donald R. Fox

Most of us take for granted that our over-the-counter medicine and our food products are safe, protected from tampering. We see labels such as tamper-proof and sealed for your protection. Not too many years ago, we could buy milk in a bottle with only a cardboard lid to cover the container. All sorts of medicines and foodstuffs were sold without tamper-proofing devices. This was common for many of us in years past.

We have always known that we live in a sin-sick world. The Scriptures teach that “…evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). Evil men are prone, inclined, to conjure up and conceive wickedness. Such is their free-will, brutish, negative behavior. “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Always remember that our God is fair and just. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). “Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive” (Ezekiel 18:27). “…Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30).

As a Christian, I am truly thankful that our God has made provisions for all that desire to do His Will. In that sense, we are tamper proof from a sin sick, wicked world. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:6-7).

Informational Note: “The Tylenol crisis occurred in the autumn of 1982, when seven people in the Chicago area in the United States died after ingesting Extra Strength Tylenol medicine capsules which had been laced with potassium cyanide poison. This incident was the first known case of death caused by deliberate product tampering. The perpetrator has never been caught, but the incident led to reforms in the packaging of over-the-counter substances and to federal anti-tampering laws. At the request of later Chairman Joseph Chiesa, new product consultant Calle & Company rescued the brand with the invention of Tylenol Gelcaps, the first inherently tamper-proof [enrobed] capsule, recapturing the 92% of capsule segment sales lost to product tampering.” (wikipedia.org)

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