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Antimicrobial hand sanitizers target use by food handlers questioned by FDA.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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ANTIMICROBIAL HAND SANITIZERS POSITION IN CONTINUUM MODEL CHALLENGED by FDA Anti-infective Drugs Division microbiologist David Bostwick during the first in a series of technical "feedback meetings" on antimicrobial food handler products held by the Center for Drug Evaluation & Research OTC Drugs Division in Rockville, Md. During the general session of the July 21 meeting, Bostwick questioned the inclusion of waterless hand sanitizers in the proposed Healthcare Continuum Model given the products' broad target use, which ranges from home food preparation to use by slaughterhouse workers. Other food handler antimicrobials provide better protection against organisms, Bostwick noted, asking "what is the rationale" for the inclusion of waterless hand sanitizers if the HCCM "already covers [them] in...other types of products."
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