EPA cracks down on rat poisons

By Steven Cooper, Problem Solver, scooper@clickorlando.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:39:48 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand.  The EPA said the products, manufactured by Reckitt Benckiser, pose a threat of accidental exposure to children.

"Moving forward to ban these products will prevent completely avoidable risks to children, said James Jones, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.  “With this action, EPA is ensuring that the products on the market are both safe and effective for consumers."

The agency requires rodenticide products for consumer use to be contained in protective tamper-resistant bait stations and prohibits pellets and other bait forms that cannot be secured in bait stations. According to EPA statistics, approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits

The agency said it has worked with a number of companies during the last five years to develop safer rodent control products that are effective, affordable, and widely available to meet the needs of consumers.  The EPA said Reckitt Benckiser is the only company that refused to adopt EPA’s safety standards for all of its consumer use products.

In addition, the EPA prohibits the sale to residential consumers of products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum because of their toxicity to wildlife.

Reckitt Benckiser will have at least 30 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If no hearing is requested, the ban will take effect.

Local 6 has reached out to the company's headquarters in the United Kingdom for a response.

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