Child Resistant Packaging: Pouches with Poison Control
Published by John B. Reinhardt: (updated 10/2020)
Child resistant packaging is becoming more and more of a necessity for certain brand owners. Mostly driven by the rapid growth of medicinal /recreational cannabis (i.e. snack formed edibles, pre-rolls, flower, etc…) and the advent of detergent pods that look like candy. (see this article on the dangers of accidental pod ingestion).
Regardless of the product, poison control is a serious matter. Not only for the safety of our children, but for the liability and legal consequences of the brand owner.
Not An “Off The Shelf” Solution
There are several form factors and packaging options that offer child resistant features. Patented slider cartons, rigid containers, and even the old “press and twist” aspirin caps. Often times, these can be purchased as “off the shelf” options. Usually, in low quantities and shipped to the customer in a relatively short period of time. However, there are 3 major drawbacks:
1. Little to no print customization.
2. Fixed sizes that might not be ideal for a given product.
3. Not cost efficient for larger runs / scalability.
If the intent is to differentiate yourself in the marketplace, you’ll need something that offers both compliance AND print customization. Flexible packaging solutions, such as these poison control pouches with CR zippers, can be the answer. And since these run through our flexo printing process, you can expect a much more efficient unit cost by virtue of the scale and the printing process involved.
The Freedom to Customize
All pouches are sized and printed to your specifications, affording you the desired branding and product sizing. (Tip: Let your packaging expert know about any odor barrier requirements to confirm material spec.). Minimums are based on the flat size of the pouch, but usually vary from 10,000 to 20,000 per SKU or flavor…larger minimum for smaller sized pouches.
If you have the dimensions of your product, (in inches), a packaging expert can help determine a size for you. We’ll also need to see your art work to determine color counts. (Tip: Be sure you have original graphics that don’t infringe on copyrights and are compliant with state regulations.)
Again, all of PSG’s child resistant packaging is tailored to your brand needs.
How To Open Our Child Resistant Packaging
Refer to the drawing below for instructions on how to open our CR zippers. It’s tricky at first, but that’s the point.
When shopping for a flexible packaging provider that’s offering child resistant zipper technology, make sure they have the proper documentation at hand to ensure they are indeed compliant. The liability will be on you and your brand…it’s important to do business with legitimate manufactures.**
*As of now, the “qualified” pouch structure is 48ga PET/ink/solventless adh./48ga MET PET / 4 mil LLDPE. We can certainly offer other film structures, but the customer would be responsible for fitness of use and regulatory compliance. Be sure to bring this up to your sales rep at the time of quotation.
**PSG’s CR Zipper complies with the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 16 CFR Part 1700–Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970
PSG is an SQF: Edition 8 Certified, flexible packaging and label printer. With a heavy focus on healthy snacks, nutraceuticals, and cannabis products, PSG prints and converts a wide variety of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive label products. From cold seal bar wrappers and stand-up pouches, to protein shake labels and single serve stick packs, PSG has a large assortment of custom packaging options. Request a free sample kit today! (Tip: Let us know more about your products so we can tailor a sample kit to your specific needs.)
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