Next to regular hand washing with soap for 20 seconds, ethanol-based hand sanitizers are an effective way to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but hand sanitizers have been in short supply. Guidance issued March 18 by the federal Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) now allows existing distilled spirits permittees to begin immediate production of hand sanitizer or distilled spirits (ethanol) for use in hand sanitizers without having to obtain TTB’s authorization.
Ordinarily, a distilled spirit permittee would have to obtain additional permits or bonds to manufacture hand sanitizer or supply ethanol for use in the manufacture of hand sanitizer. The TTB guidance now exempts alcohol fuel plants and beverage distilled spirits plants from that requirement, provided they continue to keep records of their operations, including any undertaken as authorized under the exemption.
The guidance also does the following:
These exemptions are to remain in place at least through June 30, but may be extended as necessary.
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