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HHS says distillery fee for hand sanitizer was a mistake

Brickway Brewery & Distillery in Omaha has plans to make hand sanitizer to help with...
Brickway Brewery & Distillery in Omaha has plans to make hand sanitizer to help with supply during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: WOWT)(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 12:14 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Distilleries that made hand sanitizer now will not be charged a fee by The Federal Drug Administration.

The Federal Health & Human Services agency rescinded the $14,000 fees distilleries such as Brickway in The Old Market were to be charged by the FDA.

Brickway Distillery made hand sanitizer in March to help out with a severe shortage.

A spokesman with the HHS spokesman Brian Harrison says the fee was a mistake, adding, “Small businesses who stepped up to fight COVID-19 should be applauded by their government, not taxed for doing so...we have directed FDA to cease enforcement of these arbitrary, surprise user fees.”

Harrison says the fees were not approved by anyone in his department.

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