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National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day

Whether it's a bottle of soda, a jar of pickles, or a container of medicine, you've likely been told since you were young, "Don't use it if the seal is broken!" While that might be good advice 364 days a year, that's a bunch of hogwash today. No, today is for taking a risk and throwing caution to the wind, for it is National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day!

In all seriousness, seals, which often come in the form of tamper-evident bands or security rings, are quite important. They indicate to a consumer if a product has already been opened, and also protect the product from having something malicious placed in it. They are used on bottles, jars, and other containers that have screw caps, lids, and other closures. A seal may be part of a cap or a separate component of a package. It usually goes around the circumference of a container, right below the closure. It is often perforated or has "thin bridges" that go between it and the closure so that a tear can easily be made, and the closure can be unscrewed, breaking the seal. Shrink bands can also be put over the closure and seal, to provide additional security.

How to Observe National Use Even If Seal Is Broken Day

Participate at your own risk! It's likely best to steer away from using things that could be harmful to your health if their seal has been broken, but the choice is up to you. Maybe you've had a jar of salsa or pickles sitting in your cabinet for months that you've been too afraid to touch because the seal was broken. Now is your chance! Enjoy! Perhaps you won't even come across any containers with broken seals today. In that case, you're in the clear!

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