The government is moving to ban the sale of some popular rat and mouse poisons such as D-Con and Hot Shot in an effort to protect children and pets.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it is taking the step to reduce the thousands of accidental exposures of children that occur every year from rodent-control products.
“Today’s action will help keep our children and pets safe from these poisons,” Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in a statement.
The EPA said children are particularly at risk for exposure to rat and mouse poisons because the products typically are placed on floors and young children sometimes place bait pellets in their mouths.
The agency had given pesticide manufacturers until last week to research, develop and register new products for residential consumers that would be safer for children, pets and wildlife. Since that call for new safety standards in 2008, some manufacturers have released products with new bait delivery systems and less toxic baits, the agency said.
But the EPA said a handful of companies have said they will not adopt the safety measures. Those are the companies the EPA ban would target.