Thursday, January 8, 2009

Study questions flea, tick treatment safety

According to the Center for Public Integrity, at least 1,600 pet deaths linked to treatments containing pyrethroids, synthetic pesticides, have been reported to the Environmental Protection Agency during the past five years. The EPA has approved these treatments for sale, and they are available at groceries, hardware stores and specialty pet retailers, according to the organization.
The Center for Public Integrity has included this analysis in its project, Perils of the New Pesticides and found pyrethroid-based products concern pet owners, veterinarians and regulatory agencies. The organization’s research is based on the EPA’s pesticide incident database.

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