The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating fly sprays and animal treatments for synthetic pyrethroids.
Synthetic pyrethroids are insecticides found in some fly sprays, repellents, treatments, and flea collars. The EPA is warning there are certain risks now associated with the ingredient that warrant further investigation.
This information concerns risks to children from accidental exposure to flea collars and treated carpets, as well as people reporting a burning or prickling sensation, known as paraesthesia, after coming into contact with synthetic pyrethroids,” said Dr Fiona Thomson-Carter, General Manager of the EPA’s Hazardous Substances Group.
She went on to clarify that synthetic pyrethroids shouldn’t be banned, nor products that contain them. The EPA is only seeking information to discover whether a reassessment is necessary.
“The public, industry, and manufacturers of the chemicals can support our call for information by completing a response form on our website,” said Dr Thomson-Carter. The call for information closes on February 1st 2019.
The EPA has issued a caution notice to provide members of the public with up-to-date guidance about products containing synthetic pyrethroids.