OTC Sanitizer Contaminations Drop In US As Auxiliary Manufacturers Stop Production
"Fewer people are manufacturing the products ... That seems to be a sort of a natural reaction to I think the decreased consumer demand," says Donald Ashley, compliance chief in FDA’s drug center.
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CDER compliance office director Donald Ashley offers a cautionary note to temper expectations for the FDA’s enforcement in the supplement sector. “We continue to warn the public about products very often sold as dietary supplements that contain hidden drugs,” he says.
A day after FDA posted Scentsational’s recall announcement due to presence of benzene and acetaldehyde as well as methanol, American Cleaning Institute and Consumer Healthcare Products Association submit a letter urging FDA to restore order to OTC alcohol-based sanitizer market.