EPA: Ban Dangerous Seresto Products!

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Sponsor: The Animal Rescue Site

Thousands of animals have been poisoned by the toxic pesticides in Seresto flea collars. Stop them from harming any more.


Seresto is one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country but it's also behind hundreds of pet death cases, and has been linked to thousands of injured animals and hundreds of harmed humans1.

Despite this knowledge, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has done nothing to inform the public of the risks of Seresto2.

Seresto is developed by the Bayer company and now sold by Elanco. It exposes animals to low dosages of the pesticide flumethrin, among other compounds, for months at a time. The pesticide is intended to kill fleas, ticks and other pests, while purportedly posing no harm to cats and dogs3.

However, cats and dogs and their humans are being harmed.

The EPA has received at least 1,698 incident reports of pet deaths since Seresto flea and tick collars were introduced in 2012. To date, the total number of incident reports related to Seresto collars is closer to 80,000, including nearly 1,000 involving human harm, many suffering serious skin and neurological injury4.

Despite being in charge of regulating products that contain pesticide, the EPA did not inform the public of any of the potential risks associated with flumethrin or other toxins in Seresto. The consequences of that lack of oversight are starting to show.

The EPA typically reviews flea and tick products by evaluating skin exposure for adults and exposure by skin and mouth for children based on assumptions about pet contact and pesticide transfer, assuming the maximum amount of possible exposure in each case. The EPA does not recommend what products to buy or use, but its qualifications are trusted by millions of Americans, many interested in following federally mandated guidelines when the health of their pets and theirselves are at risk. This makes the EPA's refusal to own up to the dangers of Seresto all the more troubling.

Pets and people are in danger, and many more may be sickened, injured or killed if harmful Seresto products are not banned by the EPA and pulled from shelves.

Sign the petition below and demand the EPA to ban Seresto pet products.

More on this issue:

  1. United States Environmental Protection Agency (16 June 2020), "Aggregate Incident Summary Report for EPA Reg No 11556-155 1-1-2012 to 6-16-2020."
  2. Johnathan Hettinger, USA Today (2 March 2021), "Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning."
  3. United States Environmental Protection Agency (19 June 2017), "Companies Agree to Stop Selling Pet Collars Containing Pesticide to Protect Children."
  4. United States Environmental Protection Agency (17 September 2019), "Memorandum on Flumethrin."
  5. United States Environmental Protection Agency (29 June 2017), "Companies Agree to Stop Selling Pet Collars Containing Pesticide to Protect Children."
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The Petition:

Dear Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

Seresto is one of the most popular flea collars on the market with the EPA's full approval for use, even by children. The problem is, Seresto has been linked to thousands of pet deaths, and responsible for far more injuries from pesticide poisoning to both animals and humans.

This isn't news to the EPA. Your agency has already received at least 1,698 incident reports of pet deaths since Seresto flea and tick collars were introduced in 2012. To date, the total number of incident reports related to Seresto collars is closer to 80,000, with 1 in 568 users of Seresto now reporting incidents of illness, injury or death.

The EPA is in charge of regulating products that contain pesticide. It's qualifications are trusted by millions of Americans, many interested in following federally mandated guidelines when the health of their pets and theirselves are at risk. But the EPA is failing its duty by not informing the public of any of the potential risks associated with flumethrin or other toxins in Seresto.

The people have spoken, and we demand that you ban Seresto pet products now.

Sincerely,

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