(CNSNews.com) - Is there a mouse in your house? No more D-Con for you!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it is "moving to ban" sales of 12 D-Con Mouse and rat poison products because they do not comply with EPA safety standards.
"Moving forward to ban these products will prevent completely avoidable risks to children, said James Jones, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "With this action, EPA is ensuring that the products on the market are both safe and effective for consumers."
The EPA says some 10,000 children a year are accidentally exposed to mouse and rat baits. The agency says it has worked cooperatively with other companies to ensure that products are both safe to use around children and effective for consumers.
EPA says Reckitt Benckiser Inc., maker of D-Con products, is the only rodenticide producer that has refused to adopt the new safety standards.
The EPA requires mouse and rat poisons to be contained in tamper-resistant bait stations. No more loose pellets, powders or other baits that children can easily ingest.
In addition, the EPA prohibits the sale to residential consumers of products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, and difenacoum because of their toxicity to wildlife.
The EPA says its rules are working. In 2011, it says it received no reports of children being exposed to bait made by companies that have complied with the new standards.
"EPA expects to see a substantial reduction in exposures to children when the 12 D-Con products that do not comply with current standards are removed from the consumer market as millions of households use these products each year," the news release said.