Toxic Flea Collar Linked to 1,700-plus Pet Deaths
A Center for Biological Diversity investigation just revealed that more than 1,700 pets were reported dead after wearing Seresto-brand flea collars using toxic chemicals. And according to documents we obtained, the Environmental Protection Agency got more than 75,000 incident reports related to the collars, including almost 1,000 involving human harm — but did nothing.
Sadly, the lax oversight is typical of the EPA's pesticide office, which has an abysmal safety record. This time the pets suffered most.
"If this doesn't trigger a concern, that's a fundamental problem with the process," said Dr. Nate Donley, who's with the Center's Environmental Health program. "The fact that the EPA hasn't done anything to alert the public that there might be an issue here? It strikes me as borderline criminal."