Monday, November 7, 2011

Cancellation Of Rodenticides By OPP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) is continuing the process to cancel 20 mouse and rat control products. The agency has determined that safer rodent control products are now widely available, effective, and affordable. The products EPA plans to remove from the consumer market are those that contain the most toxic and persistent active ingredients, products sold as loose bait and pellets and any remaining products without protective bait stations.

This action would further implement a 2008 decision in which EPA identified risk reduction measures to protect children, pets and wildlife from harmful chemicals in rodent control products. EPA asked manufacturers of consumer-use rodenticide products to adopt these new, more protective measures by June 2011. Many companies now sell new products that meet the updated safety requirements.

As part of the administrative cancellation process in section 6(b) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA will convene its FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to provide independent input on the scientific basis for the proposed cancellation of the 20 products. EPA will also seek comment from the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services prior to issuing a Notice of Intent to Cancel to the manufacturers of the non-conforming rodenticide products.

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