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FDA goes after distilleries over hand-sanitizer production

FDA Goes After Distilleries Over Hand Sanitizer Production ...Government regulations are hampering private businesses' ability to aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Scott Harris, co-founder of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. in Purcellville, Virginia, has been converting his distillery's alcohol supply into hand sanitizer out of a feeling of "moral responsibility."

Unfortunately for Harris, the Food and Drug Administration is not making this process an easy one.

Distilleries across the U.S. are facing rigid FDA opposition to their efforts to aid in fighting COVID-19.

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The FDA guidelines getting in the way require that sanitizer not be made with drinking alcohol.

American distilleries wanting to convert their alcohol reserves are required to add a "bitterant" in order to prevent children from drinking it, according to The Washington Times.

Other distilleries have voiced their concerns regarding these federal guidelines.

"We appreciate the FDA's concerns, but there's got to be a way to do this," said Chris Swonger, president of the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.

"We do have to find a path with the FDA to come up with a practical guideline for undenatured alcohol so distillers continue to fulfill the demand out there in the marketplace."

While these distilleries voiced their willingness to compromise, the FDA is remaining stringent in its request, according to The Times.

"The FDA's guidances explain that FDA does not intend to object to the manufacture of denatured or undenatured alcohol for use in hand sanitizers, so long as a denaturant (bitterant) is added prior to the final production of the hand sanitizer," the agency said.

"Adding these denaturants to the alcohol renders the product less appealing to ingest."

The FDA's unwillingness to bend this rule is preventing many private organizations from filling a massive void in the American market.