Sens. Grassley and Ernst urge FDA to allow ethanol manufacturers to produce hand sanitizer

May 27, 2020 |

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting clarification on its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FDA released temporary guidance on March 27, 2020 regarding ethanol used for hand sanitizer production during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on this guidance, biofuel manufacturers made investments and began production of alcohol for hand sanitizer. On April 15, 2020 FDA then revised this guidance leaving many in the industry unclear of what standards need to be met.

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