‘Super-toxic’ rat poisons pulled from California shelves

Common brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).
Common brown rat (Rattus norvegicus).

California is banning the sale of a certain type of rat poison and retailers in the state have until July 1 to remove the product from their shelves.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) said Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARS), often referred to as ‘super-toxic’ rat poisons, will no longer be sold after July 1, 2014.

DPR passed the regulation to ban the sale of pesticide products to consumers as it wants to protect other animals.

Following necropsies last year, rat poison was found in the systems of two racehorses who had died unexpectedly at California tracks.

The poisons have also been found in a variety of animals including barn owls, coyotes, bobcats and the San Joaquin kit fox (an endangered species).

“The removal of these products from store shelves is an important step to protect California’s wildlife,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “There are plenty of other products consumers can use to tackle rodents. DPR crafted a sensible practical solution to tackle this issue and we urge stores to continue the process of removing these products from store shelves.”

The department believes that these pesticide products, containing the chemicals brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, or difethialone should not be used by consumers.

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