LANSING, MICH. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday March 19, 2020, that Michigan’s licensed distilleries are now permitted to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers.
“Even in times of crisis, Michiganders have shown their willingness to step up and help each other,” said Whitmer. “I am profoundly grateful for the Michigan distilleries who are putting people before profit and are using their production facilities to make hand sanitizer during this COVID-19 emergency.”
Wednesday, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) relaxed its regulations in order to allow beverage distillers to make denatured alcohol.
This production is not normally permitted unless a distillery has an industrial manufacturing permit, which no Michigan distiller currently has. Under the relaxed rules, Michigan distillers can make denatured alcohol without the normally required permit.
These rules were approved through June 30, 2020, with the possibility for extension as necessary.
Any existing Distilled Spirits Permittee (DSP) can immediately commence production of hand sanitizer or distilled spirits (ethanol) for use in hand sanitizer without having to obtain authorization first.
All TTB-permitted DSPs may manufacture hand sanitizer products that are comprised of:
- denatured or un-denatured ethanol
- glycerol (not less than 1.45% of the finished hand sanitizer product on a volume basis)
- hydrogen peroxide (not less than 0.125% of the finished hand sanitizer product on a volume basis)
Mammoth Distilling in Traverse City was handing out its custom made hand santizer free to customers this week.