Watchdog slams EPA response to pet collar woes

By Ellie Borst | 02/29/2024 01:46 PM EST

The agency allowed Seresto collars to stay on the shelves due to “insufficient information,” despite over 100,000 reports alleging harm or death.

A beagle.

Reports have linked animal deaths and incidents of animal harm to Seresto pet collars made to repel fleas and ticks. Samuel Corum/AFP via Getty Images

EPA should figure out the risks of pesticide-laced pet collars linked to thousands of injuries, according to an Office of Inspector General report released Thursday.

Despite receiving more than 100,000 incident reports alleging Seresto flea and tick collars killed or seriously harmed their dog or cat, EPA allowed the collars to stay on the shelves due to “insufficient information.”
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The inspector general’s report says it’s EPA’s job to conduct a thorough risk assessment that results in a determination on whether the collars pose an unreasonable risk.
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Michal Freedhoff, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, disagreed.