​What is a Tamper-Evident Label?

With new rules, regulations, and standards popping up amidst COVID-19, you’ve likely heard of new tamper-proof or tamper-evident delivery solutions. But what is a tamper-evident label?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines a tamper-evident label or seal as “one having one or more indicators or barriers to entry which, if breached or missing, can reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred.” This means you can tell if someone has tried to open or tamper with the sealed product.

SecureIt™ tamper-evident labels on to-go bags

In the food industry, tamper-evident labels are used for delivery and to-go packaging. This ensures no one but the customer opens the package, improving the level of safety and sanitation.

What is “visible evidence” that makes a label tamper-evident?

For tamper-evident labels such as SecureIt™, the label is adorned with specialty cuts that tear if the label is tampered with. These cuts prevent the label from being lifted and resealed without the customer knowing.

SecureIt™ tamper-evident label with specialty tamper cuts shown

Other tamper-evident labels may leave a mark when removed, indicating that the seal was tampered with. Many of these labels simply say “void” once peeled off. This type of tamper-evident label is more common on packaging for electronics and consumer goods.

What are the benefits of tamper-evident labels?

Tamper-evident labels keep food safe and provide comfort to your customers. From drinks and dome lids to pastry bags and clamshell lids, these labels provide your restaurant and your customers with peace of mind. This will allow for higher levels of brand loyalty and more frequent visits.

How do I choose tamper-evident labels for my business?

The best type of tamper-evident labels varies based on your business needs. You should consider size, shape, and custom options. Then, you want to choose a tamper-evident label line that covers all of your packaging needs.

Questions to consider when buying tamper-evident labels:

  • What size packaging am I adhering these labels to?
  • Will I need tamper-evident labels for drink lids?
  • Will I need tamper-evident labels for dome or dessert lids?
  • Do I adhere the labels to textured packaging or under heat lamps?
  • Do I want custom labels with my logos or messaging?

SecureIt™ tamper-evident labels shown in use on cups, bags, and other packaging

Customize SecureIt™ Tamper-Evident Labels with Your Branding

All SecureIt™ tamper-evident labels can be customized to fit your needs and branding. Learn more about Dot It's custom sanitized labels by emailing sales@dotit.com or calling 800-642-3687.