EPA Bans Rat Poison

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 12:28 PM

 

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The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand in an effort to protect children and pets.
 
The agency said Wednesday it hopes to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures that occur every year from rodent-control products. Children and pets are at risk for exposure because the products typically are placed on floors.
 
The agency had targeted a handful of companies two years ago, saying they needed to develop new products that are safer for children, pets and wildlife. All but Reckitt Benckiser Inc., manufacturer of D-Con, did so.
 
The company 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.

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