HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » When There Wasn't Enough ...

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 08:32 PM

When There Wasn't Enough Hand Sanitizer, Distilleries Stepped Up.

Now They're Facing $14,060 FDA Fees.

Distilleries just learned that to cap off a brutal year, the FDA is charging them a fee normally reserved for drug manufacturing facilities.

For many American craft distillers, 2020 was already one of their worst years ever. The COVID-19-related closure of tasting rooms and cocktail bars, loss of tourism, and inability to offer in-store sampling slashed their sales revenue and cut them off from their customers. Then this week, just as it seemed they'd made it through the worst of a terrible year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had one more surprise in store: The agency delivered notice to distilleries that had produced hand sanitizer in the early days of the pandemic that they now owe an unexpected fee to the government of more than $14,000.

"I was in literal disbelief when I read it yesterday," says Aaron Bergh, president and distiller at Calwise Spirits in Paso Robles, California. "I had to confirm with my attorney this morning that it's true." The surprise fee caught distillers completely off guard, throwing the already suffering industry into confusion.

When the onset of the pandemic led to a massive increase in demand for hand sanitizer this spring, many distilleries stepped up to alleviate the sudden shortage. The main ingredient in sanitizer is ethanol, which they are in the business of making, albeit typically in more fun and tasty formats. More than 800 distilleries pivoted from spirits to sanitizer, offering it for sale or in many cases donating it to their communities free of charge. Their prompt action helped ensure supplies of sanitizer when it was otherwise unobtainable.

https://reason.com/2020/12/30/when-there-wasnt-enough-hand-sanitizer-distilleries-stepped-up-now-theyre-facing-14060-fda-fees/?amp&__twitter_impression=true


I guess it's true that no good deed goes unpunished.

5 replies, 888 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply When There Wasn't Enough Hand Sanitizer, Distilleries Stepped Up. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Dec 2020 OP
Chin music Dec 2020 #1
Fiendish Thingy Dec 2020 #2
Hekate Dec 2020 #3
Progressive dog Dec 2020 #4
mitch96 Dec 2020 #5

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 09:11 PM

2. A lot of the distillery made sanitizer wasn't up to FDA standards and faced recalls. Nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 09:30 PM

3. Class action lawsuit, coming up

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 09:51 PM

4. That may be true but it is

from a libertarian magazine that has another article about ending the FDA.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 10:45 PM

5. Yup, hand sanitizer does not have to taste good..😜 Nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread