"Due to a significant increase in adverse incidents, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. Next, EPA will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions in dogs and cats that can include skin effects, such as irritation, redness, or gastrointestinal problems that include vomiting or diarrhea, or effects to the nervous system, such as trembling, appearing depressed or seizures—from pet spot-on products." Alternatively,STOP USING CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDES and use non-toxic, effective WONDERCIDE.
EPA to Increase Restrictions on Flea and Tick Products Cautions consumers to use products with extra care - News release 3/17/2010
The EPA has said it is committed to monitoring the labels of these products to ensure they are used properly. They also state,"these are toxic pesticides that should be used with caution". We pose the question..why use them at all?
"Following the 2008 increase in incident reports, EPA received additional information from the pet spot-on pesticide registrants and others and began an intensive evaluation of these products. Today, EPA is reporting the results of this evaluation, and taking steps to address the spike in reported incidents.
Among immediate actions that EPA will pursue are:
- Requiring manufacturers of spot-on pesticide products to improve labeling.
- Requiring more precise label instructions to ensure proper dosage per pet weight.
- Requiring clear markings to differentiate between dog and cat products, and disallowing similar brand names for dog and cat products. Similar names may have led to misuse.
- Requiring additional changes for specific products, as needed, based on product-specific evaluations.
- When new products are registered, granting only conditional, time-limited registrations to allow for post-marketing product surveillance. If there are incidents of concern associated with the product, EPA will take appropriate regulatory action.
- Restricting the use of certain inert ingredients that EPA finds may contribute to the incidents.
- Launching a consumer information campaign to explain new label directions and to help users avoid making medication errors.
In addition, to improve the regulatory oversight of pet products, EPA will require more standardized post-market surveillance reporting on adverse effects, require submission of more sales information so the agency can better evaluate incident rates, and bring up-to-date the scientific data requirements on pre- and post-market testing so they are more in line with the Food and Drug Administration’s requirements."
The EPA argues that "Flea and tick products can be appropriate treatments for protecting pets and public health because fleas and ticks can transmit disease to animals and humans." While this is true, TOXIC products are not the answer.
The EPA also warns not to use conventional pesticides "on weak, aged, young, medicated, sick, pregnant or nursing pets, or on pets that have previously shown signs of sensitivity to pesticide products" which seems to be most of the pet population doesn't it?
"The agency is inviting public comment on how best to implement these new measures. A Federal Register notice announcing the opening of a docket will be published on March 19, 2010. The docket number is EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0229." We encourage our readers and customers to share their experiences! You may also report incidents at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/petproductseval.html
Source: EPA News Release 3/17/10