Because 100 children a year need medical attention for exposure to mouse and rat poison, it looks like the EPA will eliminate an entire product.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a line of mouse and rat poisons made by Reckitt Benckiser, saying that the manufacturer has refused to adopt the agency’s safety standards for rodenticides.
After the agency’s “notice of intent” is published in the Federal Register, the company will have 30 days to appeal to an E.P.A. administrative law judge. If no hearing is requested, a national ban on sales of 12 d-Con bait products to consumers will become final, the agency said.
The E.P.A.’s regulatory effort is intended mainly to prevent children from suffering from accidental exposure to the bait. Some 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits, and 1 percent of those need medical attention, an agency spokesman said, citing data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.