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Distilleries excused from paying thousands of dollars in fees

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Jan 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 14:02:34-05

Distilleries that helped produce hand sanitizer during the start of the pandemic won't have to pay thousands of dollars in fees after all.

Hundreds of distilleries needed to register as drug makers to produce hand sanitizer, which requires an annual fee of about $15,000.

The Department of Health and Human Services said the Food and Drug Administration did not receive approval to bill distilleries.

The department told distilleries they do not have to pay the fee.

A spokesperson for the agency said these businesses should be applauded for their actions — not taxed.