It's not only food that's vulnerable! Personal care products need to take notice

When outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, was leaving his cabinet position in the Bush administration, he made a point of informing us that "we're most vulnerable for a terrorist attack against our food chain."

We at Enercon have been saying the same thing ever since 9/11. And more of the food industry has started to use induction sealing as a safeguard against tampering.

However, let's take it a step further. As Lisa McTigue Pierce, the Editor-In-Chief of Food and Drug Packaging, wrote in the January issue of F & DP, "any product that touches the body and can be ingested, inhaled or absorbed into the blood stream could be at risk - hand lotion, perfume, sunscreen, baby powder, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, lipstick and more."

I couldn't agree more. The personal care industry has been lax in providing their products in tamper-evident packages and it's just a matter of time before we have a tampering incident, involving shampoo, skin lotion or some other type of personal care product. Especially vulnerable are the small, single use, bottles we all see in hotel rooms.

In talking to the suppliers of these type of products they say they can't afford to make the packages tamper evident. In light of the potential liability involved, they can't afford not to.

Free Testing

Is induction sealing the answer for your product? It's very possible. It's easy to use, simple to incorporate into a packaging line and relatively inexpensive.

You can always send us samples of your product and we'll test them in our induction sealing laboratory - free of charge.

Bill Zito, Vice President Cap Sealing Systems, inspects a recently sealed container.