On April 8, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a legal petition to cancel the Seresto flea and tick collars. There were more than 75,000 complaints about this product. Problems reported ranged from skin irritation in pets and people to the death of pets.
There were approximately 700 complaints about Seresto collars causing harm to people, and there were 1,698 incidents linked to pet deaths. Despite the complaints, no recalls or investigations have been launched, which is what prompted the petition.
The collars themselves are plastic bands with a mix of two insecticides: imidacloprid and flumethrin. They’re a popular pet protection accessory because they protect our pets against diseases, such as the Lyme disease carried by ticks.
When you consider that only 10% of dogs infected with Lyme disease will exhibit obvious symptoms, it’s clear why reliable pest repellents are in high demand. However, the Seresto collars use substances that are fairly controversial.
Imidacloprid is highly toxic to pollinator insects, resulting in population decrease. Flumethrin was found to negatively affect cats, dogs, and humans. Reported issues included:
- skin lesions
- decreased weight
- reduced production of liver enzymes
- disrupted bone formation, and more.
Lori Ann Burd, environmental health director at the CBD, said the situation is “disgusting” and called for the EPA to “expeditiously cancel its approval of this troubling product […] before any more harm occurs.”
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Source: Center for Biological Diversity