EPA cancels 12 d-Con products

By |  June 9, 2014

EPA__logo_300WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  has reached an agreement with manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser to cancel 12 d-CON consumer rat and mouse control products.

Based on the agreement, Reckitt will begin to phase out production of the 12 d-CON rat and mouse poison products this month, according to the EPA’s news release online. Production of these products will stop by Dec. 31, 2014. Distribution to retailers will end by March 31, 2015. “The timeline is likely to be considerably faster than would be achieved by the required administrative process,” the release states, also noting:

“The EPA had previously made the determination that 12 products produced by Reckitt did not comply with current safety standards and issued a Notice of Intent to Cancel these products in February 2013. Reckitt exercised its right to contest the cancellation through an administrative hearing process. Reckitt’s decision to voluntarily cancel the 12 d-CON products will make the ongoing cancellation proceeding moot. In addition to Reckitt’s decision to voluntarily cancel the 12 d-CON products, Reckitt will no longer pursue its legal challenge of the Agency’s denials of applications for registration of two other d-CON products.”

The 12 products affected are as follows:
  • d-CON Concentrate Kills Rats & Mice
  • d-CON Ready Mixed Kills Rats & Mice
  • d-CON Mouse Prufe Kills Mice
  • d-CON Pellets Kills Rats & Mice
  • d-CON Mouse Prufe II
  • d-CON Pellets Generation II
  • d-CON Bait Pellets II
  • d-CON Ready Mixed Generation II
  • d-CON Mouse-Prufe III
  • d-CON Bait Pellets III
  • d-CON II Ready Mix Baitbits III
  • d-CON Bait Packs III
In a statement to its members, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) heralded the move as a positive one for the professional pest management industry, calling it a “favorable action” that the association “strongly supports and has worked for years to achieve.”
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