EPA MOVES TO BAN 12 D-CON MOUSE AND RAT CONTROL PRODUCTS

     (The following press release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
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EPA Moves to Ban 12 D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products  
Action Will Prevent Thousands of Accidental Exposures Among Children Each Year  
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale 
of 12 D-Con mouse and rat poison products produced by Reckitt Benckiser Inc. 
because these products fail to comply with current EPA safety standards. 
Approximately 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat 
baits; EPA has worked cooperatively with companies to ensure that products are 
both safe to use around children and effective for consumers. Reckitt Benckiser 
Inc., maker of D-Con brand products, is the only rodenticide producer that has 
refused to adopt EPA’s safety standards for all of its consumer use products.   
"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 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. Examples of products meeting 
EPA safety standards include Bell Laboratories’ Tomcat products, PM Resources’ 
Assault brand products and Chemsico’s products.   
The EPA 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. In addition, the EPA prohibits 
the sale to residential consumers of products containing brodifacoum, 
bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum because of their toxicity to 
wildlife.  
For companies that have complied with the new standards in 2011, EPA has 
received no reports of children being exposed to bait contained in bait 
stations. EPA expects to see a substantial reduction in exposures to children 
when the 12 D-Con products that do not comply with current standards are 
removed from the consumer market as millions of households use these products 
each year. 
For a complete list of the homeowner use rat and mouse products that meet the 
EPA’s safety standards, visit: 
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/rodent-bait-station.html.   
For a complete list of Reckitt Benckiser Inc.’s non-compliant products, visit:  
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/mice-and-rats/cancellation-process.html#cancellati
on. 
The EPA’s final Notice of Intent to Cancel will be available in the EPA docket 
EPA-HQ-OPP-2013-0049 at www.regulations.gov. After Federal Register publication 
of the Notice of Intent to Cancel, Reckitt Benckiser will have 30 days to 
request a hearing before an EPA Administrative Law Judge.  If a hearing is not 
requested, the cancellations become final and effective.
Information on Rodenticide products and EPA’s review is available at:  
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/rodenticides/ 
More information on preventing and controlling rodents is available at:  
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/controlling/rodents.htm 
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