The Seresto flea collar for animals has been linked to almost 1,700 deaths of pets, according to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.
Working with USA Today, the center yesterday released a story saying, “Seresto, one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country, has been linked to hundreds of pet deaths, tens of thousands of injured animals and hundreds of harmed humans, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents show.
Yet the EPA has done nothing to inform the public of the risks.
Seresto, developed by Bayer and now sold by Elanco, works by releasing small amounts of pesticide onto the animal for months at a time. The pesticide is supposed to kill fleas, ticks and other pests but be safe for cats and dogs.”
The center reported that not only has the EPA received reports of 1,698 pet deaths, it also has received reports of almost 1,000 people becoming ill.
A retired EPA employee told the center, “The EPA appears to be turning a blind eye to this problem, and after seven years of an increasing number of incidents, they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation, but I think this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”
The center reported that pet owners realize too late what is causing their pet’s distress. Pet owners have reported not only deaths of animals but also rashes and neurological disorders.
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