Congress asks for recall of flea collar that may be linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths


A Congressional subcommittee has asked that a popular flea and tick collar be recalled after being linked to the deaths of close to 1,700 pets.

Democratic representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, of Illinois, who serves as chairman of the subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent pharmaceutical company Elanco a letter on Thursday asking it to recall its Seresto collar.

The subcommittee asked the company to also release information about the toxicity of its product and to issue full refunds to customers affected.

The collar works by releasing tiny amounts of pesticide onto the animal over several months, which is supposed to kill fleas and ticks that are harmful to pets including cats and dogs.

However, since it was first sold in 2012, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received more than 75,000 reports about humans and pets being harmed by the collar.


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