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Letter to Retailers

December 16, 2002

Dear _____________,

On behalf of Beyond Pesticides, our members and thousands of pesticide poisoning victims, we are writing to ask that you consider removing Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148), and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151) from the shelves of all _______________ stores immediately. Thousands of cats have become ill and even died through exposure to these products. Many of the injuries are believed to be due to over-application and animals licking the pesticide off fur and skin. Citing the danger these mislabeled products pose to pets, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halted all shipments as of November 29, 2002 and signed an agreement with Hartz to replace both products with new goods that more explicitly warn consumers of the dangers of using these products. However, under the EPA's agreement with the Hartz, these products may legally be sold until the new labels are available, continuing to expose customers and their pets to the dangers posed by these products. Please pull all existing stock of these products off the shelves before more pets are poisoned.

The active ingredients in Hartz Advanced Care Brand Flea and Tick Drops Plus for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-148), and Hartz Advanced Care Brand Once-a-Month Flea and Tick Drops for Cats and Kittens (EPA Reg. No. 2596-151) are phenothrin, methoprene and phenothrin, respectively. Phenothrin, a synthetic pyrethroid has been found to induce nuerotoxicity when ingested as through licking the pesticide application. Symptoms of acute toxicity include sneezing, nasal stuffiness, headache, nausea, lack of coordination, tremors, convulsions, facial swelling, and hyper-excitability. These symptoms have been seen in cats as obsessive fur licking leading to baldness and sever dermatitis. The other active ingredient methoprene is an insect growth regulator. It has a low toxicity rating but is slightly toxic through dermal absorption.

EPA has received thousands of incident reports detailing the serious effects of these products and thus recognized the importance of halting further exposure to pets and their owners. Please take the proactive approach to this serious problem and fully remove all existing stocks of these Hartz products. As a major American retailer, do not compromise the trust and loyalty of your patrons by putting their pets at risk.

Sincerely,

Jessica Lunsford
Program Coordinator