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PA SAFER USE OF PESTICIDE PRODUCTS ON CATS AND DOGS

Release Date: 10/25/96
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PA SAFER USE OF PESTICIDE PRODUCTS ON CATS AND DOGS

FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1996

NEW LABELING REQUIREMENTS PROMOTE SAFER USE OF PESTICIDE PRODUCTS ON CATS AND DOGS

EPA is requiring improved label directions on pesticide products (such as flea and tick dips, sprays, powders and collars) used on cats and dogs to reduce risk to pets as well as the pet owners. The new requirements include more specific use directions aimed at ensuring that pet pesticide products are used safely, reducing potential adverse effects on animals and people. Reports of adverse effects from veterinarians, consumers and manufacturers of pet pesticide products have indicated that improved labeling is necessary. EPA's revised policies reflect comments received on a draft proposal issued last year. Since that time, EPA has been working with the Chemical Specialities Manufacturers Association, public interest groups and other interested parties to improve the label language on these pet products. To promote safer use of these products, the following are some of the label statements that will be required on all pesticide products used on cats and dogs:

    Read the entire label before each use.
    Use only on cats (and/or dogs as appropriate).
    Do not reapply product for (insert number of days, weeks, months).
    Do not repeat treatment for (insert number of days, weeks, or months).
    Do not use on (dogs or cats) under 12 weeks (only a few products can support use for cats or dogs under age 12).
    Consult a veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, pregnant or nursing animals.
    Sensitivities may occur after using any pesticide product for pets. If signs of sensitivity occur, bathe your pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water. If signs continue, consult a veterinarian immediately.
The new regulations are contained in a notice issued to pesticide registrants, manufacturers and formulators (PR Notice 96-6). All cat and dog pesticide products released after Oct. 1, 1998 must include the additional statements outlined in the notice. Reporters can obtain a copy of the PR notice from Al Heier at 202-260-4374. Others can call the Office of Pesticide Programs Communications Branch at 703-305-5017.

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