Incorrect Packaging Labeling Leads To Motor Oil Ban

Back to NAM Blog

Incorrect Packaging Labeling Leads To Motor Oil Ban

In December, 19 brands of motor oil including Orbit, Black Knight, MaxiGuard, and Auto Club were banned after it was revealed in laboratory tests that the motor oil products' viscosity did not match what was promised on product labels. Viscosity is a measure of a liquids thickness, and therefore affects how it flows. Low viscosity motor oils are thinner, and flow faster, while high viscosity oils are thicker and slower flowing. According to a news article at NBC New York, vehicles' engines specify the viscosity required in order for the car to function properly; using a motor oil with either a too low or too high viscosity can cause an increased risk of engine failure, decreased fuel efficiency, or excessive wear on the engine. While most of the motor oil products banned in New Jersey sell for approximately $3 to $4 per quart-size bottle, fines for retailers who continue to sell the banned products will be a minimum of $100 per bottle/container, according to the article. The state was tipped off to the sale of motor oils with incorrect packaging labeling by an unnamed source in the petroleum industry. New Jersey was the sixth state to ban the motor oil products, and a stop-sale order was issued so that retailers who were not aware of the misleading labels were notified of the issue. At Markem-Imaje, we know the importance of transparency in packaging labeling, and how improper or misleading labeling can result in not only risks to consumers who use those products, but recalls that can result in substantial costs for manufacturers. We provide a wide array of industrial marking and coding solutions to industries including dairy, beverage, food/frozen foods, candy and confectionery, electronics, personal care and pharmaceuticals, postal, and more. For cost reduction, brand protection, and enhanced traceability, count on Markem-Imaje.

January 10, 2014
Markem-Imaje Announces Acquisition of CSAT

Markem-Imaje Announces Acquisition of CSAT
Back to top