Minami Tamaki is investigating reports of numerous injuries and pet fatalities linked to the Seresto flea and tick collar. According to United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) documents, Seresto collars have allegedly been linked to approximately 1,700 pet fatalities, 75,000 pet injury reports, and 1,000 reports of injuries to people.
The Seresto collar, developed by Bayer and now sold by Elanco, is a top-selling pet item used as a flea and tick repellant and for dogs and cats. The collar works by releasing small amounts of pesticide onto the animal. Bayers says that the pesticide is strong enough to kill fleas, tickets, and other pests, but that it is safe for dogs and cats.
Consumers allege that the reports of death and injury linked to Serresto collars are disproportionately high when compared to similar products on the market. Individuals have reported injuries to their pets ranging from rashes to neurological damage to, in extreme cases, death. Consumers also report that humans can also suffer harm from close contact with pets wearing Seresto collars. These injuries and side effects to humans include seizures, nasal and throat irritation, heart arrhythmia, and fatigue.
EPA documents obtained through public record requests allegedly show that it has been aware of the dangers of Seresto collars, but that it has failed to take action to protect the public.
If you have purchased a Seresto flea and tick collar and would like more information on this investigation, you may contact Minami Tamaki Consumer and Employee Rights Group (CERG) members Sean Tamura-Sato, Lisa Mak, and Claire Choo online or call us at 415-788-9000.
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