EPA Inviting Public Comments until May 17th

On Wednesday March 17th, 2019, the EPA held an online webinar to discuss their findings from a nine month investigation into reports of injury and deaths occurring from over the counter flea and tick products

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said more than 600 pets died in 2008 after treatment with flea and tick drops. The agency said it had about 44,000 complaints of pets sickened or killed that year, compared to 28,000 in 2007

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The  immediate actions that EPA will pursue are not nearly enough to stop this from happening. 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.

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I want to urge everyone to make  your  comments heard by addressing the  docket  with your comments.

Other  contact info  pertaining to over the  counter flea products are

Main Contact Kimberly Nesci, MS
US EPA, Registration Division
[email protected]
Lois Rossi, MS
US EPA, Director, Registration Division
[email protected]
 Kit Farwell, DVM
US EPA, Health Effects Division
[email protected]

flea spray

I lost 3 cats due to using sergeants gold flea spray. all were healthy cats.First one showed reaction within 30 min was rushed to vet, died few hours later, 2 others died within a few days, this occured in Jan this year.The stress of seeing my cats die without being able to help them was beyond words. a class action is being filed.vet said never use this kind of over the counter product it has toxic ingriedients in it. i had always used frontline but couldn’t afford it at the time. my cats never had a problem with that.

Emergency vet

I had not used this medication previously, but wanted to save some money so I thought I’d give the Hartz a try.

About 6 weeks ago I had to make a trip to our after hours emergency vet after administering  Hartz flea medication to my 8 year old toy poodle. He had a  heartbreaking neurological reaction that started within minutes after administration of the medication. Both the emergency vet and my regular vet (whom we saw the next day) commented on how lucky Petey was, as they have seen animals die from this poison. My  sweet boy is alive and well and  after about 48 hours had no more symptoms.
So much for saving money!  Total cost was about $300.00 for which I am actually thankful because my dog is alive and there was no permanent damage.
These companies should be held responsible for what they have done.  It is absolutely appalling that our pets have endured so much suffering  and these companies are not held accountable.

This year I am opting for a natural alternative if any of you know something to recommend.

TODAY- EPA to Hold Public Webinar on Its Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products

On Wednesday, March 17, 2010, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 p.m., ET, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting via Webinar,
entitled EPA’s Evaluation of Pet Spot-On Products: Analysis and Mitigation Plan. Last spring, following a significant increase inincident reports associated with pet spot-on products in 2008, EPA
requested additional information from the pet spot-on pesticide
registrants and conducted an intensive evaluation of those incidents and
products. During the Webinar, the public will have an opportunity to
ask questions about EPA’s findings and plans to protect pets. The Webinar is free and no preregistration is necessary to join the conference.

If this is your first time participating in an EPA Webinar through the
EPA Portal, we recommend that you download the software prior to March
17. Go to http://hawkeye.epa.gov/imtapp/app/nuf_sys.uix
and click on the icon under “Run”(on the right-hand side of the Web page).
if you see a run or installation pop-up, please click Yes, Run, or Allow.
This is a one-time add-on that is needed to run the Web conference software.
If your screen flickers or goes black during this step, it is normal.

On March 17, participants can log in to the Webinar and conference call
beginning at 3:50 pm.

1. Using Internet Explorer, go to
http://portal.epa.gov/webconference. In the JOIN CONFERENCE box on the
right-hand side of the Web page, enter the Conference ID 56381.

2. Leave the Conference Key blank, and enter your full name
and e-mail address where requested. Press JOIN CONFERENCE. You will be
able to view the presentation once the meeting begins.

3. Dial toll free into the conference on your telephone in order to hear the EPA speakers. Call the Conference number:
1-866-229-3188, then enter conference code 703 308 8059 and press the #

All telephone lines will be muted during the Webinar. If you wish to
ask questions, please e-mail them to [email protected] during the
meeting and they will be forwarded to the presenters. We will answer as
many questions as possible during the allotted time.

Please note that the Web conference tool will only work on a PC computer. Please use Internet Explorer as your browser. It is
recommended that you change your screen resolution before joining the
Webinar. To adjust the resolution:

1. Right-click on your Desktop

2. Go to “Properties”

3. Go to the “Settings” tab

4. Go to the highest screen resolution by pulling the tab in
the lower-left corner toward “More.” Click OK. 1024 x 768 is the best
EPA distributes its Pesticide Program Updates to external stakeholders
and citizens who have expressed an interest in pesticide activities and
decisions. This update service is part of EPA’s continuing effort to
improve public access to Federal pesticide information.

For general questions on pesticides and pesticide poisoning prevention,
contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), toll free, at:
1-800-858-7378, by E-mail at [email protected], or by visiting their
website at: http://npic.orst.edu/

To report an environmental violation, visit EPA’s website at

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Wave of Law Suits

A wave of lawsuits filed by cat and dog owners who claim their pets were sickened or killed by anti-flea or tick medication is targeting five New Jersey companies that make or sell the treatment.

Secaucus-based Hartz Mountain Corp., Summit VetPharm LLC of Rutherford, Morristown-based Bayer Healthcare LLC, Merck & Co. Inc. of Whitehouse Station and Sanofi-Aventis Inc. of Bridgewater are named as defendants in suits filed over the last four months.

Most recently, five pet owners filed suit against Hartz Mountain and Summit VetPharm last week, in U.S. District Court in Newark, alleging that their flea or tick treatments contained Pyrethrin, or a synthetic version of the chemical Pyrethroids, which are “known to poison animals.”

Both companies are owned by Sumitomo Corporation of America, the New York-based subsidiary of a Japanese trading and investment company, the suit says.

The suit accuses the companies of negligence, violating New Jersey’s consumer fraud law and liability for creating an “unreasonably dangerous product.” The products named include Hartz Ultra Guard flea and tick drops and Summit VetPharm’s Vectra 3d.

A Hartz spokeswoman said, “Hartz has not been officially served with this suit, and it is company policy not to comment on litigation.” A spokeswoman for Sumitomo Corporation of America, did not respond to a request for comment.

Also named as a defendant is Sergeant’s Pet Care Products Inc. of Nebraska, which makes flea and tick products.

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