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How did a CBD testing lab get into the hand sanitizer testing business?

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now maintains a lengthy and growing list of hand sanitizer brands that consumers should avoid, having confirmed they contain as much as 81% methanol and other impurities including potentially deadly 1-propanol. “While hand sanitizers and associated claims are regulated by the FDA, the agency now has a waiver program due to the unprecedented time of COVID-19 which doesn’t require manufacturers to substantiate label claims. This was in an effort to allow hand sanitizers to get on shelves quickly, under the assumption manufacturers would continue good manufacturing practices,” explains Mike Sandoval, President of Santé Laboratories, a bio-hemp pharmaceutical contract research organization (CRO). “However, the lack of FDA regulatory oversight has opened the market to anyone wanting to get into this lucrative space, even the unscrupulous.” 

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Sandoval, whose company has fully grasped the importance of its role with hand sanitizer testing, explains that when the pandemic hit, traditional hand sanitizer manufacturers with unparalleled track records could not keep up with the skyrocketing demand. Meanwhile, cannabis and hemp manufacturers that were casualties of extraordinary revenue losses and employee turnover identified a new opportunity to survive. “They had to pivot to and focus on creating and enhancing products such as hand sanitizers and disinfectants, especially those …

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