a temporary solution to fix supply shortages is backfiring.
A recent article published by CNN Business reveals a major problem for retailers and other businesses looking to sell hand sanitizers.
Here’s what happened: as the COVID-19 pandemic went into full swing, panic-buying led to massive shortages in hand sanitizer products.
It also led to people driving less. This combination meant that the need for ethanol as a fuel went down while the need for ethanol as a sanitation product went up.
The result? Fuel manufacturers began re-purposing their ethanol supplies for hand sanitizer products. These supplies were quickly swiped up by companies looking to fill the supply-gap.
Fuel-grade ethanol is not the same ethanol that can be safely applied to human skin.
So far so good. There was just one problem – fuel-grade ethanol is not the same as ethanol that can be safely applied to human skin.
During a review of these products, the FDA ruled that this ethanol supply contains an ‘unacceptable’ level of carcinogens – that is, elements within a product known to promote cancerous growth in humans.
What we’re looking at now is a new shortage in the components that go into hand sanitizing products, and, by extension, the hand sanitizers themselves.
Fortified Bio Labs only offers USP-grade ethanol in our hand sanitizer products. That means it meets the rigorous standards of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) and American Chemical Society (A.C.S.).
Additionally, we offer benzalkonium chloride (BZK)-based hand sanitizer products, which do not include any form of ethanol at all. These hand sanitizers are FDA-approved and not only can kill 99.97% of pathogens, but can continue to protect the user for up to 4 hours after application.