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EPA and d-Con Manufacturer Agree to Limit Consumer Access to Certain Rodenticides

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On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has reached agreement with the manufacturer of the popular consumer rodenticide D-Con to cancel 12 mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.

| June 2, 2014

WASHINGTON - On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has reached agreement with the manufacturer of the popular consumer rodenticide D-Con to cancel 12 mouse and rat poison products that do not currently comply with EPA safety standards.
 
The cancellation of these 12 d-CON products that do not comply with current standards will continue the trend of reduced exposure to children, pets and wildlife.  The manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, has agreed to stop production by the end of the year and stop distribution to retailers by March 31, 2015. The new standards require consumer mouse and rat poison products to be housed in protective bait stations.  Pellets and other bait forms that cannot be secured in bait stations are prohibited.  EPA also prohibits the sale of products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum to residential consumers.  

According to a National Pest Management Association press release, this was a favorable action the Association strongly supports and has worked for years to achieve.

For more information, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/rodenticides/canceling-some-d-con-mouse-and-rat-control-products
 
For a complete list of the homeowner use rat and mouse products that meet EPA's safety standards, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/rodenticides/choosing-bait-station-household-use
 

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