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FDA tells hand sanitizer producers to make it unpalatable after surge in poison control calls
Distillery fights coronavirus, pivots to making hand sanitizing
A distillery, which normally makes vodka and gin, has started making hand sanitizer. FOX Business’ Grady Trimble with more.
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The Food and Drug Administration is calling on hand sanitizer manufacturers to make sure the gooey alcohol-based substance is "unpalatable" after a surge of poisonings were reported across the country during COVID-19.
The FDA's announcement came after 1,500 manufacturers, including many distillers, registered with the agency to meet the demand for the critical product that's been flying off the shelves since the outbreak began.
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"We appreciate industry's willingness to help supply alcohol-based hand sanitizer to the market to meet the increasing demand for these products and are grateful for their efforts," said Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, FDA commissioner. "It is important that hand sanitizer be manufactured in a way that makes them unpalatable to people, especially young children, and that they are appropriately labeled to discourage accidental or intentional ingestion."