On the 6th of July, Amazon suddenly pushed a new policy notification: Policy update affecting Mylar bag listings.
Here’s the official policy statement:
“Due to regulatory requirements, all Mylar bags that are not clear or single-colored must be removed from the Amazon store by August 5, 2022. For more information on these requirements, go to Drugs & drug paraphernalia 384. If you use Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) and have any remaining inventory of Mylar bags that are not clear or single-colored in Amazon fulfillment centers on or after August 5, 2022, these ASINs will be removed from the Amazon store. You must initiate a removal request within 30 days of receiving this notice to have your inventory sent to a location of your choice.”
In theory, that means sellers won’t be allowed to sell mylar bags that are not clear or single-colored after August 5, 2022.
When this policy spread out to people, there are so many misunderstandings or misleading voices, they did not make deep research or do not access to Amazon seller center to learn more about the policy, most voices think Amazon ban all sorts of mylar bags, is that true? absolutely NOT!
What is a mylar bag?
Mylar pouches are made from several layers of laminated food-grade plastic and aluminum. Food will not react with aluminum because it is separated by a food-grade plastic lining. Mylar bags provide good light, moisture, and oxygen barrier to protect the food inside the bag. Make sure the pouches you purchase are high quality and designed to store food products.
“Mylar” is a trademark held by a company called — DuPont. This company produces and sells BOPET films at the first beginning.
BOPET is a polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is used for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, reflectivity, gas and aroma barrier properties, and electrical insulation.
BOPET bags are more and more popular in the market and the trademark “Mylar” also spread to more and more customers. So now we called “mylar bags” instead of “BOPET bags”. Just like daypack instead of “stand-up pouches”. This is the power of a famous brand.
Below are the top results of the search for “mylar bags”
You can see, due to the good high tensile strength, and chemical and dimensional stability of “mylar” material, mylar bags are widely used in so many areas.
Does Amazon ban all sorts of mylar bags?
The answer is “NO!”.
We can see clearly what the policy says: Mylar bags, which are not clear or single colored.”
Below is the statement about the “Compliance Checklist for Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia” Amazon provided in the seller center:
Why did Amazon make this policy?
According to Amazon, they are banning mylar bags to combat drug trafficking. It’s been theorized this is because mylar is allegedly smell-proof (albeit, this theory was crafted after reading a nine-year-old Reddit post).
Another saying is about IP infringement.
A dozen major food companies are asking Congress to amend a law to make it harder for THC-infused copycat foods — such as these Double Stuf “Stones” — to end up in children’s hands. (Consumer Brands Association)
Please refer to:https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/04/29/thc-infused-copycat-foods/
So many sellers sell this kind of mylar bag and they even print cannabis or THC on the bag, the purpose of this kind of bag is very obvious and sensitive, Amazon does not want to get troubled with it or they already got some troubles with many to complain cases.
So you may know what kind of mylar bag this policy refers to, now many people are misled and scared they purchase a lot of mylar bags for food storage, you don’t have to stock more mylar bags!
What are the effects on us?
KHMSYOG used to sell print designed mylar bags on Amazon and we got so many followers, frankly speaking, we feel very upset that Amazon cut all colored mylar bags because all of our mylar bags do not have IP right issues and we do not print any drug information on it, they are just a universal purpose nice packaging bag. But we have no plans to stop printing mylar bags and custom mylar bags, we will continue to support our customers by providing the best quality custom packaging in the market, no matter what’s inside.
All designs of printed mylar bags are still available on our website, please feel free to place an order here and contact us if you have any questions.