Seresto could get FDA oversight, but some say that won’t make it safer

Xavier Roger


Amid rising concerns over potentially deadly flea-and-tick collars, the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to transfer regulation of such products to another agency drew skepticism from animal and environmental advocates at a virtual public meeting on Wednesday.

The proposal and meeting came two years after a USA TODAY/Investigate Midwest story revealed the EPA sat on tens of thousands of adverse incident reports linked to the best-selling flea-and-tick collar: Seresto. 

The media organizations’ reporting sparked congressional action and public outcry over the agency’s regulation of the collars, which have since racked up more than 100,000 reports of harm to pets and people, including 2,698 pet deaths.

The EPA, whose officials said they lack the staffing and resources to adequately assess and monitor the products’ safety, wants to relinquish oversight of all such pet pesticides to the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is a co-sponsor of the plan.

Seresto, developed by Bayer and sold by Elanco, is the top-selling collar if its kind on Amazon.

“Our agencies understand and share the concerns that many of you have around these products because pets hold a really special place in our hearts,” said Jake Li, EPA’s deputy assistant administrator for pesticide programs.

Advocates said they worry the EPA is trying to shirk its duty to protect people and fear the FDA lacks the ability to assess the products’ environmental hazards. 


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