Conservation related issues.
Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA)
What to study?
For Prelims and mains: What is ENA? How is it regulated?
Why in News?
Alcohol manufacturers citing a shortage of domestic supplies have sought a reduction in import duty of Extra Neutral Alcohol to make it cost-effective for them to import from global markets.
What is ENA?
It is a byproduct of the sugar industry.
Formed from molasses that are a residue of sugarcane processing.
It is the primary raw material for making alcoholic beverages.
- It is colourless food-grade alcohol that does not have any impurities.
- It has a neutral smell and taste and typically contains over 95 per cent alcohol by volume.
Other applications of ENA:
- An essential ingredient in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products such as perfumes, toiletries, hair spray, etc.
- Utilized in the production of some lacquers, paints and ink for the printing industry, as well as in pharmaceutical products such as antiseptics, drugs, syrups, medicated sprays.
Sources: Indian Express.