The shortage of hand sanitisers is an ongoing global issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Distilleries are taking the important initiative to utilise their unused 80% ethanol (heads and tails) from the spirits manufacturing process, as well as alcohol from other unused sources, to produce quality hand sanitisers. As local distillers, we have the ability to mobilise our alcohol handling expertise and facilities to assist our communities.
DSA is helping to streamline the process to get as many of our member distilleries into production as soon as possible. There are a few logistics and approvals to work through, but some of our distillers are already beginning to supply product.
Our members will be using the World Health Organisation (WHO) recipe, and will be following the recommendations provided by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). All product will be compliant with the obligations and guidelines provided by New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) under the HSNO act.