A congressional subcommittee has demanded the recall of a popular flea and tick collar that has been linked to the deaths of 1,700 pets and suspected to have brought about sicknesses in tens of 1000’s extra.
In a letter to the producer of the Seresto collar — a prime vendor on Amazon and at main US pet retailers — US Rep Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ailing.) demanded an instantaneous recall, citing studies that it has been concerned in 75,000 dangerous incidents to pets and practically 1,000 incidents involving people, in accordance to information from the Environmental Safety Company.
“We imagine that the precise quantity of deaths and accidents is far better, because the common client wouldn’t know to report pet hurt to EPA, an company seemingly unrelated to client pet merchandise,” Krishnamoorthi wrote within the letter.
The EPA, which regulates pet collars as a result of they comprise pesticides, additionally was implicated for not doing sufficient to tackle the huge quantity of complaints it had obtained, in accordance to USA Immediately, which first reported the issues with the collars on March 2 together with the Midwest Middle for Investigative Reporting.
The Seresto collar “is the one flea and tick collar that mixes a cocktail of two pesticides,” Krishnamoorthi wrote in a letter to Jeff Simmons, chief government of its producer, Elanco Animal Well being, citing EPA information. Whereas which will make the collars more practical towards fleas, “apparently, they could be extra poisonous to pets and people as properly,” the lawmaker added.
One incident involving a 12-year-old boy who slept in mattress with a canine carrying the collar resulted within the boy being hospitalized due to seizures and vomiting, Krishnamoorthi wrote.
As well as to demanding a recall and refunds for purchasers from Elanco, Krishnamoorthi, chairman of the subcommittee on financial and client coverage, is asking German pharma big Bayer, which initially developed the collar, to launch details about its toxicity.
Among the many points legislators are taking a look at are all communications “between Bayer and Elanco throughout Elanco’s acquisition of Bayer Animal Well being concerning toxicity or dangers of loss of life and damage to pets or people from Seresto flea and tick collars and the switch of liabilities,” in accordance to the letter.
Bayer offered its animal well being division to Elanco final yr for $7.5 billion. In 2019, it reported revenues of greater than $300 million from the Seresto collar.
Officers at Elanco on Friday mentioned it’s cooperating with the congressional subcommittee’s inquiry and “appears to be like ahead to explaining how the media studies on this matter have been extensively refuted by toxicologists and veterinarians.” The corporate added that “no market motion, comparable to a recall, is warranted, nor has it been prompt from any regulatory company.”
“There isn’t any medical or scientific foundation to provoke a recall of Seresto collars and we’re disillusioned that is inflicting confusion and unfounded concern for pet house owners attempting to defend their pets from fleas and ticks,” Dr. Tony Rumschlag, senior director for technical consultants at Elanco, mentioned in an announcement to USA Immediately.
A retired EPA worker, Karen McCormack, disagrees, as The Publish reported. The collars have probably the most incidents of any pesticide pet merchandise she’s ever seen, McCormick advised USA Immediately.
Seresto is one of probably the most popular collars offered on Amazon, which has quite a few disturbing opinions in regards to the product.
“10 days after inserting the Seresto collar on my canine, she suffered a neurological drawback identified as meningitis of ‘unknown origin,’” one buyer wrote. “She briefly misplaced the use of her hind legs and vet payments have already exceeded $5,000.”
Amazon advised USA Immediately via a spokeswoman that it’s “reviewing” the product.