FDA new guidance on ethanol for hand sanitizer restricts production
June 2, 2020 By Julie Harker Filed Under: 2020 Events, COVID-19, News
The Renewable Fuels Association says FDA’s revised guidance on the production of ethanol for hand sanitizer won’t help with the shortage of the product.
RFA president Geoff Cooper says they appreciate the FDA’s
response for clarity but the new interim limits for certain impurities are
overly restrictive. Cooper says they create a roadblock for producers “who
could otherwise supply huge volumes” of “safe, clean, high quality” ethyl
alcohol for hand sanitizer makers.
Cooper says it’s unfortunate that the U.S. is importing hand
sanitizer from China. But, he says they’ll continue to work with FDA to ensure
ethanol producers do their part to combat COVID-19 and “provide larger
quantities of ethyl alcohol for hand sanitizer.”
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