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Sarah Herzinger applies labels to the hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is being made at Nebraska Innovation Campus thanks to a collaboration between the Food Innovation Center and the Nebraska Ethanol Board. April 6, 2020. Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communication. COVID-19 Response

Partnering to Meet Hand Sanitizer Need

With the nation facing a significant shortage of hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak, the university partnered with Nebraska’s ethanol industry to produce sanitizer for thousands of organizations and facilities nationwide.

The Food Processing Center on Nebraska Innovation Campus has donated over 200,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to health care workers, nursing homes, schools, businesses and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service offices.

The fast-paced effort, led by Nebraska’s Hunter Flodman and the Nebraska Ethanol Board, required securing millions of dollars in donations from numerous Nebraska companies, gaining Food and Drug Administration approval and training student volunteers and staff. More than 25 organizations, including Green Plains Inc., Nebraska Forest Service, Cargill, Syngenta, Phillips 66, BASF and others supported the project.

“The partnership with the Food Processing Center is key. Without them, we would not have been able to make this happen,” said Flodman, associate professor of practice in chemical and biomolecular engineering and technical adviser to the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

+ Additional content for Partnering to Meet Hand Sanitizer Need

Nebraska news release: Hand sanitizer for health care produced at Nebraska Innovation Campus

“Leading Nebraska” Podcast, Episode 9: When Covid Leads to a Hand Sanitizer Shortage (10/2/2020)

Media mention: Nebraska Innovation Campus, ethanol partners turning out thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer (Lincoln Journal Star, 4/7/2020)

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