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Wellmark, Sergeant’s to Withdraw Pet Collars after EPA Agreement

EPA logo 1The EPA and two manufacturers of pet collars have reached an agreement to eventually remove  certain brands from circulation to prevent chemical exposure to children.

Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International will remove flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur and marketed under trade names including Bansect, Sentry, Zodiac and Biospot.

Propoxur is an insecticide registered for use to control ticks, fleas and a variety of insects and is used in industrial, commercial and residential facilities.

The EPA completed a propoxur pet collar risk assessment in fall 2013 in response to a Natural Resources Defense Council petition to cancel the uses. EPA’s risk assessment found, in some but not all uses, unacceptable risks to children from exposure to propoxur pet collars on the first day following application. Because the manufacturers could not find a way to eliminate unacceptable risk, the EPA encouraged them to cancel these products.

Under the cancellation agreement, manufacturers are allowed to produce the pet collars until April 1, 2015, and will not be allowed to distribute the products after April 1, 2016.

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