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EPA investigating flea and tick products

In Animal News, Health and Safety on June 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has intensified its evaluation of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control due to recent increases in the number of reported adverse reactions in pets treated with these products. The EPA is evaluating all available data and information, including reports of adverse reactions, product market share, clarity of product use directions and label warnings, product ingredients, and pre-market safety data submitted to the Agency in support of registration of these products. However, a recall has not been issued.

For more information, visit EPA.gov/pesticides/health/flea-tick-control.html

  1. Thank you for helping to get this information out there.

    In 2008 alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a staggering 44,263 incident reports from people who accidentally poisoned their pets with Hartz and similar low-quality, highly toxic products (like Bio Spot, Zodiac, Adams, Sergeants, and Sentry).

    Because this represented a 58% increase over the previous year (there were 28,000 reports in 2007), the EPA is, as you mentioned, “intensifying its evaluation” of these products.

    In spite of the EPA’s promise to look into the safety of these products, I urge all pet owners: DO NOT LET YOUR GUARD DOWN!

    The EPA is a cash-strapped and highly lobbied government agency. Their purported mission is to protect the environment, not ensure the safety of cats and dogs. These horrid products should be under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where they would be classified as pharmaceuticals and therefore subjected to far stricter standards of safety.

    Can you imagine the FDA approving a pharmaceutical intended for use on babies or children that would register nearly 50,000 severe adverse reactions — including thousands of deaths — in a single year? I don’t think so!

    The bottom line is that the EPA’s promises are meaningless. Their stamp of approval is meaningless. Steer clear of Hartz et al, period!

  2. Visit http://www.HartzKills.org and other sites (www.HartzVictims.org, HartzSyndrome.org, and BioSpotVictims.org) to get the full picture of what these poisonous products have been doing to people’s cats and dogs for YEARS.

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