The FDA has discovered ethanol from several raw material suppliers to produce quick-hand disinfectant solutions containing unsafe substances, including carcinogenic acetaldehyde.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has tightened the use of ethanol in hand sanitizers due to safety concerns and forced some suppliers to stop selling at a time of rising demand, according to Reuters.
This action is to protect consumers from dangerous impurities in hand sanitizer solutions. However, it can also cause a deficiency of hand sanitizer to combat Covid-19.
The new restrictions have dealt a blow to ethanol fuel producers. The industry has invested millions of dollars since last month to increase the production of ethanol made from corn, offsetting the need for fuel to decline because people stay home.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a limit on April 15 for some chemicals used in hand sanitizer solutions from alcohol in the context of more manufacturers registering to produce solutions. antiseptic hands.
Since then, the FDA has informed several ethanol-fueling companies that their products do not meet safety standards, forcing them to stop production and cancel supply agreements.
The FDA says it has found significant levels of acetaldehyde carcinogens in ethanol provided by a company for use in hand sanitizers.
The FDA did not give details on the number of ethanol companies that do not meet the rules set on April 15. The move has been criticized by suppliers. They say safety standards need to be reduced to ensure adequate hand disinfectant solution during the Covid-19 pandemic.