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April 01, 2020 | Star Tribune
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FDA Relaxes Rules on Boost Alcohol from Ethanol Makers

Under latest guidelines, fuel ethanol can be used if it contains no additional additives or chemicals

The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed regulations on the types of alcohol that can be used to make hand sanitizers during the shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, expanding the market to potentially millions of gallons made by ethanol producers, reports the Star Tribune.

Under the latest FDA guidelines, ethanol made at plants that produce fuel ethanol can be used if it contains no additional additives or chemicals from the plants and they can ensure water purity and proper sanitation of equipment.

The FDA said it will consider each plant on an individual basis and grant approval only if a plant meets quality control specifications.

Currently, 15 to 20 ethanol plants have already responded to the new FDA rules and are making alcohol for hand sanitizer and more are expected to join.

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