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Companies agree to stop selling pet collars containing pesticide

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached an agreement with two major manufacturers to stop using an insecticide called propoxur in flea and tick collars.

Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc. and Wellmark International agreed to stop selling the products by April 1, 2016, but are allowed to sale through their remaining stock, according to a release from the EPA.

The EPA said that in the fall of 2013 a risk assessment showed the collars could pose a risk to children but also said that if instructions are followed correctly they do not pose a risk to people.

The risk to children comes from the residue the collars leave behind and the chance that a child may come in direct contact with the residue.

Follow this link for a list of the products affected by the agreement.

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