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Arkansas Granny

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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.


I guess it's true that no good deed goes unpunished.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Dec 30, 2020, 08:32 PM (5 replies)

My sister just texted me something I hadn't considered.

At 12:01 am on January 1st, for the first time ever, hindsight will actually be 2020!
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:33 PM (22 replies)

Ok, this made me laugh.


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Dec 29, 2020, 10:38 PM (9 replies)

This tweet absolutely nails Trump's position on the election.


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 25, 2020, 11:27 AM (32 replies)

They must have been waiting for me this morning.

I was a little later than usual putting "breakfast" out this morning. Within 2 minutes I had a pair of Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red Bellied Woodpecker, numerous sparrows, finches and juncos along with a single Starling.

Breakfast consists of a mixture of seeds, shelled corn and peanuts that I make up and keep in a little bucket. A little something for everybody. I put it in a tray feeder and scatter on the sidewalk. I'll go out and fill all the feeders when it warms up a little bit.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 25, 2020, 10:00 AM (5 replies)

Puppy swimming instructor training his students.


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 25, 2020, 09:04 AM (3 replies)

Mitch McConnell's Christmas Eve visitors.


George Takei
Tonight Mitch McConnell will be visited by the spirits of RBG, John Lewis and Lindsey Graham.

Yes, yes, Grahamís technically not dead yet, but we all know his spirit left him long ago.
8:53 PM ∑ Dec 24, 2020
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 25, 2020, 02:03 AM (5 replies)

Here's something to think about.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Dec 21, 2020, 09:51 AM (2 replies)

Just spoke to my son who volunteers at a food bank in his small rural community.

They're facing more people in need of help and less food to go around. Congress can't come up with a relief package, unemployment benefits are running out and many families are facing some really hard times.

If any of you have a few dollars to spare, donating to your local food Bank would be a very good use for it.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 18, 2020, 09:35 PM (27 replies)

Well, now, this is really beautiful.


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Dec 18, 2020, 10:53 AM (6 replies)
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