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Federal government reverses course on charging distilleries $14,000 for making emergency hand sanitizers
Coronavirus causes craft distillers to suffer $700M loss
FOX Business’ Kristina Partsinevelos reports on how the alcohol industry and small craft distilleries are being hit by the coronavirus outbreak and potential increased prices next year.
Distilleries that made hand sanitizer amid a shortage earlier this year were shocked to learn this week that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was slapping them with a $14,060 fee, but in a reversal Thursday night, the Department of Health and Human Services directed the FDA to cease enforcement of the fees.
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"Small businesses who stepped up to fight COVID-19 should be applauded by their government, not taxed for doing so," HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison said in a statement.
"I’m pleased to announce we have directed FDA to cease enforcement of these arbitrary, surprise user fees. Happy New Year, distilleries, and cheers to you for helping keep us safe!”
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