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FDA Eases Restrictions on Ethanol Plants Able to Produce Hand Sanitizer

On Monday, June 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) walked back its restrictions on hand sanitizer produced by ethanol plants in an effort to allow companies to continue to help provide supply for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The oil market collapse that hit at the same time as the pandemic, which slowed demand for all motor fuels, caused significant injury to the U.S. ethanol industry. Providing hand sanitizer offers a minor revenue stream for the industry and helps increase much needed supply of hand sanitizer. The FDA began to restrict ethanol plants from producing sanitizer in May due to concerns for hazardous chemicals in the end product.

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