Foil tampering and instill consumer confidence

The 9/11 terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have had a dramatic, if subtle, effect on the way products are viewed and packaged.

During the past eleven months, I have attended several seminars dealing with safety in food packaging. In each of these seminars, great pains were taken to emphasize the need for increased plant safety. Some of the suggested solutions were increased screening of employees as well as truck drivers delivering supplies, increased inspection of delivered goods, tighter control of plant access by employees and visitors and security fences around the properties.

All of this is well and good. However, the one aspect that none of these seminars addressed is how to protect the product once it leaves the plant? This is when it is most vulnerable.

If some type of tamper-evident method is not used, the product can easily be tampered with, either in transit or when sitting on the store shelf.

Since the 1982 Tylenol tampering incident, induction sealing has been recognized as one of the most effective means of providing tamper evidence. In addition to being relatively inexpensive and easy to install, it imparts additional advantages by providing a seal that is very difficult to remove and/or replace, as well as a hermetic barrier that provides oxygen and moisture protection.

Since '82, the FDA has mandated OTC packagers provide their products with at least two forms of tamper evidency. In an effort to discourage the FDA from mandating the same requirements to other packagers of goods for human consumption, a large number of companies have decided to use induction sealing as their means of tamper evidence.

Sealing is a popular choice because it's cost-effective, efficient and can be added to virtually any line. If you're reading this, then you’ve already expressed an interest in induction sealing. But, be sure to consider the packaging safety of your non-induction sealed packages as well.

We can help you determine if induction sealing is a good fit. Please contact us at 262-255-6070 or drop us an email.

Bill Zito, Enercon's Vice President Induction Sealing Systems, inspects a recently sealed container in Enercon's cap seal laboratory.