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Safety Issues and Trackability in Personal Care Product Packaging


There are certain safety issues in today’s packaging industry, but they haven’t been properly addressed. At the same time, there are issues with tracking and tracing, with codes that aren’t properly used the way they should be. Companies are also not using tamper-evident technology the way they should, which is the result of low consumer demand for the TE regulations and bands.

Reasons for Safety Compromises in Packaging for Personal Care Products

A combination of pressure from both retail and e-commerce markets is the key reason why products come with liner-less, seal-less dispensing caps, along with induction seals and heat shrink wraps. While these solutions help prevent leakage, they aren’t used to provide evidence of tampering and are typically used for products such as shampoos, lotions, or other types of liquids or semi-liquid products.

The fact is that with the lack of distinction between retailers and consumers when it comes to the demands for leak prevention, tamper evidence is used for leakage prevention rather than product safety.

Security bands also cost more than manufacturers are willing to pay, as the cost of manufacturing increases. The only time when companies will opt for security bands is to meet any requirements in place.

The Use of UDI in Tracking and Tracing

Unique Device Identification (UDI) technology is used for tracking and tracing and is mandated by the US FDA for personal hygiene products. However, it is not used for personal care products. On the other hand, the industry will likely increase use of some type of track and trace technology such as QR codes, resulting from growing sales through online and offline retailers, inventory management, and counterfeiting and contamination concerns.

Changes to Be Expected in Personal Care Packaging Safety and Tracking

While there are certain differences in the considerations of personal care products and other types of products, there will be changes in the overall safety and tracking and traceability of packaging for products. For the purposes of shipping and logistics, QR codes will continue to experience more use over time, if not another type of track and trace technology. In the long run, this will help make packaging safer for consumers while providing retailers with evidence of leakage.

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