WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Seresto tick and flea collars have allegedly been linked to thousands of incidents including almost 1,700 pet deaths.
- The claims were in a report that cited Environmental Protection Agency documents.
- A statement from Elanco, the company selling the collars, said that the number of individual reports should not immediately be linked to the causality of incidents.
Seresto is a popular anti-flea-and-tick collar developed by Bayer that has been around since 2012. It’s now sold by Elanco. However, documents from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were cited in a new report that claims that the collar has been tied to over 75,000 incidents. This includes nearly 1,700 pet deaths and over 1,000 human illnesses.
The report was jointly published by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA Today.
When asked to comment about the findings in the report, EPA said in a statement that under the Biden-Harris Administration, the agency is returning to its “core mission, which includes protecting our pets’ health.” It continued to say that every reported incident is taken seriously and reviewed “to see whether action is necessary.” Still, they urge pet owners to read the label and instructions of the pesticide product and carefully follow them. Pets should also be monitored after application to check if there are any side effects that can prompt an immediate visit to the pet’s veterinarian.
A small amount of pesticides is used in Seresto collars to kill fleas and ticks but are supposed to be safe for pets.
A retired EPA employee, Karen McCormack, said in a report that despite the agency being aware of the dangers of Seresto collars, they have yet to notify the public.
In response, director of Elanco Communications Keri McGrath provided a statement saying, “There is no established link between the death and exposure to the active ingredients contained in Seresto.” McGrath said that it is important to understand that cause should not be immediately linked to the number of reports received. “drawing causal link from individual incident reports is misleading.”