Sergeant’s Slaughters

In 2009, the EPA announced that it had noted a significant increase in adverse incidents from pet spot-on products. Over 44,000 incidents were reported in 2008 — a 53% increase over 2007. That sharp increase in adverse incidents prompted the EPA to launch a high-profile investigation of pet spot-on products in 2009.

Recently released documents from the EPA reveal that the majority of adverse incidents reported in 2008 were from Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products, which were sold under the name Sergeant’s Gold Squeeze-On for Dogs, Sentry Pro XFC, and TriForce Canine Squeeze-On.

Here is the EPA’s 2007 Aggregate Incident Summary Report for Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products:

http://www.biospotvictims.org/HQ-FOI-1275-12.pdf

Here is the EPA’s 2008 Aggregate Incident Summary Report for Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products:

http://www.biospotvictims.org/2008-Aggregate.pdf

As you can see, there were 13,946 incidents reported in 2007, and 24,152 incidents reported in 2008 — just for Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products!

Keep in mind that 28,895 incidents were reported for ALL spot-on products in 2007, and 44,263 incidents were reported for ALL spot-on products in 2008. That means HALF of the incidents reported for ALL spot-on products in 2007 and 2008 came from just Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products. It also means that TWO-THIRDS of the increase in reported incidents from 2007 to 2008 came from just Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products. That’s astounding!

I’ve known for several years that Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products were dangerous, but never knew until now just how many incidents had been reported in 2007 and 2008 for those products. It’s now apparent that the EPA’s pet spot-on investigation was initiated primarily as the result of incidents from Sergeant’s cyphenothrin spot-on products.

Sergeant’s has quietly phased out those products, but they were never recalled, and they continue to be sold to unsuspecting pet owners.

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