Rat bait should not poison kids

Rat bait should not poison kids

 

baby crawlingIn 2008, EPA determined that certain kinds of rat bait pose “unreasonable risk” to children, pets and wildlife. The Agency gave rodenticide manufacturers three years to voluntarily adopt new safety measures.

Since then, many companies have complied and stopped producing the types of rat and mouse bait most harmful to kids. But several have not, and children are still at risk.

Sign onto the letter below urging the three non-compliant companies to halt production these harmful products. We will deliver the letter to:

    •    Reckitt Benckiser Inc., makers of D-Con;
    •    Spectrum Group, makers of Hot Shot and Rid-a-Rat; and
    •    Liphatech Inc,. makers of Generation rodent control products.

Dear [company name],

In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that certain rat and mouse bait products you manufacture pose “ unreasonable risk” to children, pets and wildlife. The Agency gave you three years to research, develop and register new products that would be safer. Yet your company - along with two others - have refused to comply.

Each year, thousands of young children accidentally ingest bait pellets intended for rats and mice. From 1993 to 2008 the American Association of Poison Control Centers received between 12,000 and 15,000 reports of rat and mouse poison exposures each year to children under six years of age.

We, the undersigned, strongly urge you to immediately withdraw your rat and mouse poison products that EPA has identified as particularly dangerous for children. As you know, EPA has now taken official action to ban these products - but the regulatory process could take years, and meanwhile your products continue to put children in harm’s way.

Please take this important action to protect kids’ health.

Sincerely,
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