Will Hartz Poison Cats and Kittens?

This in from Tom today:

Sender’s Name: Tom Sherck
Message: Looks Like Peta is after hartz too. See below:

Will Hartz Poison Cats and Kittens?

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Last year, the Hartz Mountain Corporation?the huge pet-product conglomerate?reached
an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding
pesticides used in its flea and tick products for cats and kittens: Hartz would
institute a ?label improvement and consumer education program? because of thousands
of reports of harmful effects from two of its products.

Of great concern to PETA was that the EPA news release on this agreement also stated
that it was requiring Hartz ?to submit an additional animal safety study conducted
by an independent laboratory.? We knew that Hartz might deliberately poison yet more
animals in laboratories to further test these pesticides in order to keep its
products on the market. So PETA wrote to Hartz President and CEO Bob Devine on
December 10, 2002, requesting additional information on the EPA-required toxicity
testing and even offered to help devise a non-animal test strategy. Click here to
see PETA?s letter.

Despite numerous follow-up phone calls, PETA has yet to receive any acknowledgment
or response to our letter and concerns. Please contact the president of Hartz
Mountain Corporation and let him know that you refuse to buy his company?s products
until this issue is resolved and Hartz commits to non-animal methods to measure the
toxicity of the flea and tick products involved in this controversy. There is no
excuse for further animal tests. If Hartz tells you that the EPA is requiring
additional animal tests, tell Hartz to ?just say no.? Please write to:

Mr. Bob Devine, President and CEO
Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Dr.
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Tel.: 1-800-275-1414
Fax: 201-271-0164

Recovered Hartz flea drops still available

From Austin’s News 8 Video included

1/8/2003 9:32 PM
By: Kelly Kyle

Nearly two months ago, Hartz Mountain Corporation agreed to temporarily stop shipping two popular flea and tick control products for cats after consumers complained the products were making their pets sick.

But you can still find the products on store shelves as retailers wait for the pesticides to be replaced with the same product, just a different label.

Most stores that sell Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops or Once-a-Month Drops are running low. Since Nov. 19 Hartz has temporarily stopped shipping these two products to stores.

Hartz is required to recover, repackage and re-label all new stock. They were not required to recall the product already on store shelves.

“It’s not actually an issue about whether or not the product is safe because it is, it’s about the application of the product…and so because it is such a popular item, it’s something that customers count on regularly to be able to use on their pets, you’ll find that most places are continuing to sell it awaiting the new packaging to be issued,” said H-E-B spokeswoman Kate Brown.

That new packaging will include a more detailed precautionary label. One that specifies applying the product only at the base of the cat’s head to keep the cat from licking it off and perhaps becoming sick.

A two year long EPA investigation found thousands of cats had adverse reactions, some died, because of the way owners had been applying the pesticide.

Along with application changes to the label, Hartz is also required to provide consumers with educational brochures at the point of sale and these helpful pamphlets should be found anywhere in a sleeve next to the product.

But those familiar with the product advise caution with old or new packages alike.

Attorney Anthony Fozzolo has filed a class action lawsuit against Hartz, not from the labeling, but because of what’s in the product.

“I would think twice about using the products that out there you know all you need to do is go onto the Internet to see the number of stories of people who have had adverse incidents with it so I caution viewers to do your research and speak with your veterinarian before using the product,” said Anthony Vozzolo, attorney for Faruqi and Faruqi Law Firm in New York.

Officials from Hartz Mountain Corporation say the product is completely safe and that they’re confident these new enhancements will make good products even better.

EPA officials say they will be monitoring the products still on store shelves. They fear consumers won’t be aware of the new application instructions.

EPA encourages consumers to send back any old packaged product for a full refund.

Consumers should begin seeing newly labeled products on shelves beginning Jan. 18.

For more information about product returns, refunds and label improvements, contact Hartz Mountain Corporation at (800) 275-1414.

Report any adverse reaction from the product to the EPA by calling the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378.

Recovered products

Reg. No. 2596-147: Control One-Spot for Cats 2.9% methoprene Registered 5/14/98

Reg. No. 2596-148: Advanced Care Flea and Tick Drops for Cats 85.7% D-phenothrin and 2.9% methoprene
Registered 12/10/98

Hartz Flea Collars

Here is a photo of Darah’s kitty, Spaz. Darah used the Hartz 2 in 1 Flea Collar.



“I did take Spaz to the vet, and was told this was a reaction to the collar. She was
given anti-inflammatory medication and I have to clean her with saline and neosporin
for the antibiotic factor. The poor thing now looks awful. No hair on the neck,
with a red, raw and weeping wound.

I do plan on sending the vet’s info(she actually gave me the record and wrote a
special note to Hartz on it just for me) to the company. I also took pictures of
her to add to the letter. They sounded so shocked when I spoke with them. We’ll
see what happens.

Just wanted to get the word out to people that the Hartz 2 in 1 flea collars can
give serious reactions.”

We wish Spaz all the best!!

Questions & Answers: Label Instructions Tightened on Flea & Tick Control Product

Please visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/hartzq_a.htm for more information.

Due to safety concerns stemming from use of two flea and tick control products for cats and kittens, EPA is announcing that the Hartz Mountain Corporation has agreed to enact measures to reduce potential risks to pets from using these products. EPA sought this agreement due to concerns over safety issues based on thousands of adverse effects incidents investigated by EPA. Under this agreement, Hartz will implement a product recovery, label improvement, and consumer education program for two pesticide products: Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148) and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151). Hartz is required to recover, repackage, and re-label currently available stock. The relabeled products, which will start appearing on store shelves over the next several months, will include stronger precautionary statements and use directions. The following Questions and Answers have been developed in an effort to provide consumers with information about the actions being taken.

Problems with Hartz flea collars

I just received this e-mail from Darah. I have never used Hartz flea collars on our animals. If anyone has any information, please contact me or Darah.

Sender’s Name: Darah Zink
Sender’s Email: darahzink (at) yahoo (dot) com
Message: I need to know if there are any known problems with the Hartz Flea Collars.
Within 48 hours of putting one on my cat, she lost all the hair around her neck and
now has a raw, weeping wound. I know the flea drops by Hartz are a problem, but I
think there may be another problem with the collars. Please feel free to email at
any time.

Thanks,
Darah Zink (and Spaz)

Today’s correspondence with News 8 Austin

The following is an e-mail cohrrespondence I had with the news director at News 8 Austin today.
I figured I’d tell them about my eBay auction to raise money for
HartzVictims.org.

A reporter called me tonight but said she wouldn’t be able to make it to
Temple (60 miles north of Austin) tonight or tomorrow. They sound really
excited about following up on the Hartz story. The news director said they
would like to air an update tomorrow. The reporter said they might try to
wait until I’m free next week so they can come up and do an interview.

—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:15 PM
To: newsdesk; News 8 Contact
Subject: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

NAME: Josh Janicek

PHONE:
SUBJECT:
Hartz flea and tick update
COMMENTS:
Hello –

In June of 2001, Doug Shupe (a News 8 reporter) interviewed my wife and me regarding a harmful affect that Hartz Advanced Care Plus Flea
and Tick drops had on our cat, Riley. This was our story: http://www.news8austin.com/content/headlines/?SecID=2&ArID=9891

Since then, I have created HartzVictims.org which currently resides at
www.janicek.com/hartz/.

I recently found an eBay auction where an eBayer is selling a picture of his cat looking at a computer moniter where Eminem’s house is up
for sale on eBay. The price of this auction (for a photograph) as of today is $2,147.00.

I’m selling a picture of our cat, Riley looking at our computer monitor. He is looking at the auction for the picture of the cat who is
looking at the auction for Eminem’s house.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=927873731

It is my goal to make more money than the guy who is selling a picture of his cat. There are no bids as of yet. I have set this
particular auction to run for ten days.

Should I actually receive money from this auction, I want to hold a lottery via HartzVictims.org to donate money to people who have been
victims of Hartz Advanced Care Flea and Tick drops and/or have lost a pet.

I thought I would let News 8 know about this (as stupid as it may seem) as you guys helped Elise and me in telling our story.

Thanks,

Josh Janicek

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Josh,
Thanks for the tip. I’m not sure we’ll be able to do the ebay auction, but the web site is interesting. It also reminds me to
follow up on the Hartz story. Have you heard anything new from the company regarding your complaint?

Thanks for watching News 8 Austin.

{ name withheld }
News Director
News 8 Austin

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—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:37 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

{ name withheld }-

The last I heard from Hartz, they denied my “allegations” that their product almost killed our cat. Since then I have spoken with our
lawyer, Anthony Vozzolo and am waiting hear back on the class action suit that many of us are in on.

In the meantime, Hartz has decided to repackage the same junk…

http://www.janicek.com/hartz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=21

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Josh,
I had NOT seen that recall. Thanks a lot for filling me in. We’ll be doing that story today or tomorrow! Would you be available to talk to
us?

{ name withheld }

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—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 1:59 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

{ name withheld } –

I would not be available to talk via phone (I’m in Temple) until 6:00 p.m.

My phone number is 000-000-0000

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Josh,

How about tomorrow (Friday)?

{ name withheld }

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—–Original Message—–
From: Josh Janicek
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 3:41 PM
To: { name withheld }
Subject: RE: News 8 Story Idea Received – Hartz flea and tick update

The only good time for me tomorrow would also be at 6:00 p.m.

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Josh,
How about tonight?
{ name withheld }

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Picture of Riley for sale on eBay

On Friday, December 6, 2002, eBay removed my auction (item # 927873731). 
I tried.



I have put a picture of Riley up
for auction
on eBay. This auction was inspired by an individual who is
selling a picture of his cat looking at an eBay auction of Eminem’s house on a
computer monitor.

Last night, Elise and I took a picture of Riley looking at the auction of the
picture of the cat looking at the auction of Eminem’s house. Whew.

The auction for the picture of the cat looking at Eminem’s auction is at $2,147.00
with 29 bids. I want to beat that amount.

If I raise any money from this eBay sale, I will donate it to worthy victims
of Hartz Advanced Care Plus Flea and Tick drops.

Pesticides Recalled After Killing Cats

I don’t understand why they don’t just take the stuff off of the shelves. Repackaging it isn’t going to do anything.

Maybe Hartz will learn after their sales plummet and continue to receive complaints.

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 2002 (ENS)

Thousands of illnesses and deaths in cats and kittens have led to a recall of some flea and tick products,
along with new warning labels and other protective measures.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last week that safety concerns stemming from use of two flea and tick control products for cats
and kittens, led the agency to persuade the Hartz Mountain Corp. to enact measures to reduce potential risks to pets from using these products.

Under an agreement with the EPA, Hartz has ceased the sale and distribution of Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens
and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens. The company will recall these products, and repackage and re-label
its existing stock of the pesticides to educate consumers about their risks.

To continue to evaluate safety concerns for cats, the EPA is also requiring Hartz to submit an additional animal safety study conducted by an
independent laboratory, and to submit additional quarterly reports specificto cats, summarizing any incidents of toxic effects from
Hartz products.

The EPA sought the agreement after investigating thousands of incidents where pets suffered adverse effects from the products. Complaints included
minor problems such as skin irritation or hair loss at the application site to more serious effects on the nervous system, such as tremors, convulsions
and sometimes death.

The relabeled products, which will start appearing on store shelves over the next several months, will include stronger precautionary statements and
use directions. Under the revised use directions, application of the products will be limited to a single spot applied on the back of the
animal’s head, reducing the likelihood that the cat will lick and ingest the chemical.

The new labels will also direct users to consult with a veterinarian before use of these products on debilitated, aged, medicated, pregnant or nursing
animals, or animals known to be sensitive to pesticides. The labels will advise that cats should be monitored after application of the product and
if any adverse symptoms are observed, the animal should be washed with mild soap and rinsed with water and evaluated by a veterinarian.

The EPA is also requiring Hartz to conduct a consumer education program, which will include a web site, direct mail campaign to pet owners, pet
stores and veterinarians on the new safety improvements. If consumers choose to return either of the two Hartz products, the company is expected
to exchange it for the relabeled product or refund the purchase price.

The company is also required to improve labeling on individual tubes of the affected products to help ensure consumers are using them correctly.

For more information on the EPA’s action, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/citizens/hartzq_a.htm

For information regarding the product recovery and label improvements consumers may contact Hartz by phone at: 800- 275-1414.

Our First Letter to Hartz

2336 Douglas Street #1413
Austin, TX 78741

Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094

June 25, 2001

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to issue a formal complaint about your Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Ticks Drops Plus and to request reimbursement for our veterinarian bill.

On Thursday, June 21, 2001, my fianc? and I bought a three month supply of the above mentioned product from a reputable pet supply store. We applied one tube of the product, as directed, to our cat?s back at approximately 12:30am on Friday, June 22, 2001.

I awoke at 7am that same morning to our cat crying, shaking and delusional. We called our veterinarian immediately and were instructed to wash our cat and bring him in as soon as possible. We followed the vet?s instructions and brought him in.

Our pet was sedated and given intravenous medication throughout the day. The cost for this treatment totaled $88. I have researched and documented numerous instances of this exact same occurrence with other people and their cats. Nowhere on the product?s box do you give warning of any reactions.

Again, we followed the instructions provided and feel that your company is liable for mislabeling your product. We expect a full reimbursement totaling $98.74.

Vet bill $88.00
Hartz Advanced Care $09.99 + 7.75% sales tax
Total $98.74

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First Letter from Anthony Vozzolo

Dear Josh and Elise Janicek: 

Thank you for contacting our firm regarding the class action lawsuit we have filed against Hartz Mountain Corp. If you have not already done so, we would encourage you to send us a copy of all documents you have concerning any problems with Hartz Mountain Corp. products. These documents may include, but are not limited to, any receipts for the purchase of Hartz Mountain products; any veterinary correspondence, including bills, any diagnostic findings or letters; any correspondence with Hartz Mountain Corp. or any reimbursements/checks issued by Hartz to cover the cost of veterinary bills; or any other related information. Note, please send copies only. You can mail this information to:

ANTHONY VOZZOLO, ESQ.
FARUQI & FARUQI, LLP
320 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016

If you have any additional comments or questions, please do not hesitate to call. I may be reached toll free at 877-247-4292 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Sincerely,
Anthony Vozzolo, Esq.
Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP