Seresto flea collars named in thousands of complaints involving nearly 1,700 pet deaths

The EPA has yet to warn the public about the risks of the popular product

By RUTH BASHINSKY

A popular flea collar that is labeled “vet recommended” and designed “to kill and repel fleas and ticks” has been linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths, according to US Environmental Protection Agency documents.

A bombshell investigative report claims that the EPA knew the risks and reportedly did nothing about it.

Seresto, one of the most popular flea and tick collars in the country, has been linked to hundreds of pet deaths, tens of thousands of injured animals and hundreds of harmed humans U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents show, according to the independent nonprofit newsroom The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today.

The Seresto collar, which can be worn for months as it releases small amounts of pesticide onto an animal’s fur, is also suspected of sickening or injuring tens of thousands of cats and dogs as well as hundreds of their owners, reports said.

Since the collar sold by Elanco, was first introduced in 2012, the EPA has received incident reports of at least 1,698 related pet deaths And, through June 2020, the EPA has received more than 75,000 incident reports related to the collars, including nearly 1,000 involving human harm, USA Today reported. 

Karen McCormack, a retired EPA employee who worked in a dual role as a scientist and communications officer, for the agency, told the Midwest Center for Investigative reporting, that the agency had known about these incidents for years but had “turned a blind eye” to this problem, according to the report.

“After seven years of an increasing number of incidents, they are telling the public that they are continuing to monitor the situation,” said McCormack, who said that the collars had the most incidents of any pesticide pet product she’s ever seen.

“I think this is a significant problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.”

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