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)

Reminder – Online Petition Against Hartz Products

The arrogance and total lack of concern that Hartz has shown throughout the years is just amazing. Just read some of the more recent stories here and started getting mad all over again.

So … thought you might want to post the URL for the online petition against Hartz flea & tick products again. Almost 300 people have signed so far. Many left messages about their personal experiences — upsetting at best, heartbreaking in many cases.

http://www.petitiononline.com/hartz/petition.html

This happened to my cat yesterday

Yesterday I applied the Hartz Flea and Tick Drops Plus on my 1 yr old Persian cat. A few hours later her pupils were very dilated and she was having seizures. I called poison control and then rushed her to our ER vet. She stayed overnight and was treated for Phenothrin Toxicosis. She is home and doing better although she is having some trouble walking sometimes. I am shocked after all the info I have read on the web today. If I can do anything to help get this off the market please let me know. I lost my mother 3 months ago and I don’t think I could have handled losing Lily last night too! She has been such a comfort to me. By the way, her vet bill was almost $600. They should do something about that too.

Hartz Flea and Cat Killer

Consumer Relations Department
Hartz Mountain Corporation
400 Plaza Drive Secaucus, NJ 07094

Dear Consumer Relations Person,

Re: Complaint via documented phone call regarding Hartz Advance Care Once-a-Month Flea & Tick Drop for Cats and Kittens 10lbs. & under.

My husband and I brought home a seven-month-old kitten on Sunday, December 15, 2002. The kitten (Jade) was playful and affectionate, but because the previous owner had other cats in the house, we bought Hartz Advanced Care Once-a-Month flea & Tick Drops (For Cats and Kittens under 10 pounds) at our local Wal-Mart store located on U.S. 41, Punta Gorda, FL. On the afternoon of December 16, 2002, following package instructions, we applied one dose to Jade (7 months old ? 6.7 pounds.) That evening she began behaving strangely: shaking and twitching and hiding. The advisement to wash the cat was given in regards to skin irritation. There is absolutely no warning on the packaging that mentions, twitching, seizures, convulsions or possible death. At that time we washed her, as directed on the package, and called The Animal Clinic for emergency care at 3300 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL and were advised to bring her right in.

Upon examining Jade the vet stated that she had seen many cases like ours caused by your product (which she advised us never to use again.) She said the cat was suffering from a neurological disturbance brought on by the product ingredient Phenothrin.

As the emergency ward closes on Monday morning, we transported Jade to our Veterinarian, Dr. Beckman, at Burnt Store Animal Hospital, 11002 Nathan Ct. Punta Gorda, FL. He confirmed that the cat was, without question, suffering as a direct result of the Phenothrin. A blood test revealed that there is liver damage (test results included) and future testing is necessary to determine if this damage is permanent. Later that day, when the Burnt Store Animal Hospital was closing, we again transported Jade back to The Animal Clinic for further observation due to seizure activity.

Thereafter we visited with a management employee at Wal-Mart and told him of our complaint. He said that he had received many such complaints about Hartz Flea control and had reported them to his management and asked that they be removed from Wal-Mart shelves. This, he said, had unfortunately not been done.

Two things are clear:
1. Wal-Mart has continued to sell a product which it knows has had reported side effects far beyond those indicated on the packaging, and
2. Hartz has continued to sell a product that is clearly seriously miss-labeled and falsely advertised and promoted. No doubt the product is chemically flawed and needs to be recalled and revised (based upon opinions we have received from three respected veterinary groups as well as confirmation of complaints from Wal-Mart.) We bought your product because of the respected Hartz name and relied upon your advertising and promotion, which assured us of its safety. Nowhere in any documentation was it even faintly suggested that a cat could possibly suffer neurological side effects from its use.

We request:
1. That all Wal-Mart stores remove the product from sale.
2. We respectfully ask Hartz to remove the product from sale.
3. We ask you for an immediate remedy as to the expenses incurred as a direct use of this product.

Attached you will find:
1. The remaining unused product, and the receipt.
2. Copies of the bills from both the Burnt Store Animal Hospital and The Animal Clinic along with documentation from both veterinarians.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Signed

cc: Wal-Mart
James A. Konides, Esquire
Faruqi & Faruqi
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Much to my horror, I poisioned my own kitties with Hartz Flea & Tick med.

Much to my horror, I just read your article on Hartz Flea & Tick Control. How I wish I had been made aware of this poision BEFORE I put it on my kitties last night! This a.m., I woke up to a kitty that was shivering, vomiting & convulsing. He could hardly stand and could not walk, because he was so disoriented. We immediately called the poision control number found on the pack of the Hartz package but guess what?? THEY ARE CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS! We then rushed the kitty to the vet, where we found out that I HAD POISIONED MY OWN KITTY. A few hours later, and several dollars later, our kitty is doing somewhat better. We were told to watch him (& the other kitty as well) to make sure the symptoms do not return….if so, then we will have to spend more money at the emergency room to prevent permanent neurological dammage. Can you please tell us where to turn or offer some advice? I should hope there is something we can do to prevent this from happening again! Thank you for your time & Best of luck!