Tamper-Evident Bands for Maximum Safety

One of the most popular trends in packaging today is the use of tamper-evident neck bands. Manufacturers use them most commonly in pharmaceutical, food and beverage products, and heat shrinkable tamper-evident seals offer several benefits. Let’s look at some of the top reasons why tamper-evident bands continue to be a foundation in packaging methods.


Tamper-evident seals firstly serve as a way of protecting consumer safety. Tamper-evident banding is a requirement for many products, especially pharmaceutical because it greatly increases the integrity of a product. This came about initially because of multiple incidents in Chicago, Illinois, in 1982, where bottles of the brand pain reliever, Tylenol, had been tampered with cyanide. Seven people died as a result of the tampering. Later, additional “copy-cat” attacks in other places in the United States expedited manufacturers efforts to protect their products and the consumers. Johnson & Johnson, owner of Tylenol, reintroduced capsules in a new, triple-sealed package which included a sealed heat shrink band around the neck. Banding prevents opening of the product without detection since it can’t be resealed once it’s open. This means the product remains untouched since production or bottled without contamination. The incidents inspired the pharmaceutical, food, and other consumer product industries to develop tamper-resistant packaging and improved quality control methods.

Consumer Confidence

If tamper-evident seals enhance consumer safety, then seeing these bands will make products more appealing to consumers at the point of purchase. Customers want to know that a product is sterile and untouched. This tamper-evident banding gives them a peace of mind, especially when choosing between brands. Unlike an inner seal hidden by a cap, the consumer can immediately tell by a neck band if the product has been opened or not. Consumers can rest assured that the product they are choosing hasn’t been touch or tampered with since it was packaged.

Packaging Enhancement

Another way that tamper-evident bands help improve products is by helping to secure the lid of the package to its container. This additionally helps maintain freshness or to prevent accidental mishaps in which the lid separates from the container. Tamper-evident seals can also extend down the neck of bottles where it will hide the fill line. Fill line coverage compensates for the differences in liquid filling machines and container volumes, especially glass. Product brands don’t want to give consumers the idea that bottles can be “under filled” due to variability. Other enhancements on the neck band include surface area for graphics and marketing design elements such as colors and logos, increasing package appeal.

Why Should I Use Tamper-Evident Packaging?

Your revenue is ultimately generated by consumer purchasing your products and keeping them safe is a priority for brand longevity. Consumers handle your products many times over after packaging, so being able to survive long journeys to placement for retail settings or for delivery to the consumer without breaking any seals is imperative. Making it clear that a product is damaged or tampered with in the case that it didn’t survive is just as important. Tamper-Evident Packaging can protect your product from opening during shipment and help reduce damaged goods. Designing durable and appealing packaging is a no-brainer for your customer’s safety as well. With the addition of tamper-evidence, you are showing a clear concern for the well-being of the buyer, and that can build consumer and brand loyalty.

Tamper-evidence is key in some instances, as when someone with a plan to harm others is looking at your products as their next opportunity. Use tamper-evidence in your packaging to deter these tragedies from happening and to prevent lost revenue when your products are handled roughly in the retail environment, or on the way to it. Some consumers want to try-before-they-buy and will try to open the product in-store before purchase. Tamper-evident packaging can prevent the products from being compromised.

Traco Packaging Manufactures Tamper-Evident Bands

If you need tamper-evident bands, Traco Packaging can help you. Try a sample to ensure exact fit—no surprises! Enjoy the largest selection of sizes in the industry coupled with quick response time for custom runs, rush orders, or just-in- time deliveries. Custom manufactured to meet the most stringent customer specifications. Tolerances meet or exceed all industry standards.

  • All sizes, gauges & colors; in clear, opaque & tinted
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  • Specify pull tabs, vertical & horizontal perforations

Call 800-284-9727 or email us at info@tracopackaging.com now. Our representatives can help you select the proper product for your needs. Or go to our website www.tracopackaging.com and request a quote now to get started.

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