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Tito’s Vodka will make hand sanitizer during coronavirus outbreak

Posted at 2:22 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 15:22:09-04

Tito’s Vodka says it’s focusing on producing 24 tons of hand sanitizer.

The Tito's team at the distillery has been working hard to get all of the pieces in place to begin production on a hand sanitizer that adheres to industry and governmental guidance.⁣

Last week, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced they are authorizing production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers by permitted distillers.

This news allowed the Tito's team to continue working on the process.

"Currently, we are testing our formula, procuring necessary components of supplies and packaging, and preparing for production as we wait for the additional required ingredients to be delivered to the distillery," Tito's said. "We have the ingredients and equipment on order to make an initial 24 tons of hand sanitizer over the next several weeks, and plan to make more from there as needed.⁣"

They also advise customers not to use their vodka as a way to keep their hands clean.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus. When that is not an option, the agency recommends using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.