US FDA Plans Year-End Rinse Of Temporary Policy Easing Standards For OTC Sanitizer Production
FDA makes withdrawal effective on 31 December, also the deadline for firms manufacturing or compounding alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, and making alcohol for those products under temporary guidances, to cease production.
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FDA asks two Mexican manufacturers for batch and supplier data on the products found to contain mostly methanol instead of ethanol. Its The FDA’s recall records still are frequently updated with announcements of additional recalls of OTC sanitizers due to the presence of methanol.
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.
The agency clarifies in documents providing temporary guidance on preparing or compounding alcohol-based hand sanitizer products, and manufacturing alcohol for those products, that each lot of alcohol obtained from another source should be tested for methanol.