The 12 d-CON products being canceled do not meet EPA’s current safety standards. All 12 of the products are sold without a protective bait station. Bait stations are required for consumer products to protect children and pets from contact with bait pellets. Also, 8 of the 12 products contain second generation anticoagulants pesticides that pose unacceptable risks to non-target wildlife.
Based on the agreement, Reckitt will begin to phase out production of the 12 d-CON rat and mouse poison products in June 2014. Production of these products will stop by December 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.
Mouse and rat poison products meeting our safety criteria are now widely available, effective, and affordable, and pose significantly less risk to people, pets, and wildlife such as mountain lions, eagles and foxes.