US Tightens Restrictions On Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitiser

Restrictions have been tightened on the use of ethanol in hand sanitiser in the US, intended to protect consumers from possibly dangerous impurities in such products – but the knock-on effect will likely be that shortages will be seen at a time when sanitiser is very much a necessity thanks to the pandemic.

On April 15th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued limits on certain chemicals allowed in alcohol-based hand sanitiser, Reuters reports.

Since then, the organisation has contacted numerous companies to let them know their products don’t meet safety standards, which has meant they’ve had to stop production and cancel supply agreements.

The FDA told the news source that it had taken the decision to update guidance after carrying out a review of ingredient data from ethanol companies and dealing with questions from firms looking for clarification regarding its temporary production policies.

The move has drawn criticism from some quarters, however, with suppliers saying the group should be easing its safety standards more in order to ensure that hand sanitiser is widely available at this particular moment in time.

In one instance, the FDA stated that it had identified significant levels of carcinogen acetaldehyde in ethanol from a company for use in hand sanitiser.

And in the UK, meanwhile, Manchester-based gin company Didsbury Gin says it has seen a 20 per cent rise in price week on week in ethanol over the last three weeks.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the distillery posted an open letter on Twitter at the start of April saying that suppliers are now making it harder and harder for them to produce hand sanitiser products.

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KitKat Launches Chilli Crab Flavour Chocolate

Many of us are familiar with the craze for chilli chocolate, and the combination of spice and sugar is one that has been around for centuries.

However, Nestle has stepped it up a gear by introducing its new KitKat flavour – Singapore chilli crab.

An article in the Straits Times revealed the unique flavour will only be sold at a pop-up store in Singapore, perhaps due to the fact that locals are more familiar with the flavouring.

Those in the Asian country can head to KitKat Chocolatory in VivoCity to sample the new chocolate, which was created in conjunction with locals Joy Chiam and Germaine Li from local Patisserie Cle.

As well as Singapore chilli crab, the store will sell salted egg yolk and kopitiam breakfast flavours.

KitKat Chocolatory first launched to introduce the Singaporean public to its ruby chocolate flavour of KitKat.

The berry-flavoured chocolate that has a pinkish colour became popular in Japan last January, as well as South Korea, before Nestle decided to extend the offering to Singapore.

It seems that Asia is more open to the option of unusual KitKat flavours, as cherry blossom, blueberry cheesecake, and Okinawa sweet potato are some of the varieties of KitKat that can currently be found in Japan.

Earlier this month, Nestle convinced many fans that it was launching a KitKat flavoured tea. However, it was simply an April’s Fool prank, with a spokesperson for the brand saying: “Sadly, KitKat tea remains a distant fantasy for now.”

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New Miniatures Added To Cadbury’s Heroes

Cadbury has announced that it will be adding two new miniature treats to its boxes of Heroes chocolates.

Alongside the classic Dairy Milk, Creme Egg Twisted, Twirl, Dairy Milk Caramel, Wispa, Fudge and Eclair chocolates, there will now also be mini Double Decker and Crunchie Bits, the Evening Standard reported.

It’s been 20 years since Heroes were first launched by the chocolate making giant, with the new additions set to be launched in boxes from April.

A spokesperson for Cadbury commented: “No flavours will be removed from the existing Cadbury Heroes offering, providing a more even spread across all of the variants, making this a perfect selection for sharing with friends and family.”

The chocolatier also announced earlier this year that it was bringing back its white creme eggs, with anyone who finds one in line to win up to £10,000.

Since creme eggs hit shelves in January, the company has released 800 of the white chocolate variety, with prizes ranging from £50 to £10,000 for those who find one of the unusual Easter treats.

In fact, the Daily Mail recently revealed that one recruitment agency is paying people up to £45 an hour to hunt for white chocolate creme eggs.

Bark has launched a service to connect those who have the time to search for the eggs with people who are keen to find one but who don’t have the time themselves. The organisation is recommending that people who want to hunt for the eggs set out what areas they’re willing to cover.

Meanwhile, those who are paying for a creme egg hunter should make sure they’re clear about which shops they want the hunters to visit and how many eggs they should be buying.

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