The US Environmental Protection Agency in February issued an injunction against an Arizona company to stop the sale of unregistered flea-control products.
Eaton Veterinary Laboratories in Phoenix was allegedly selling unregistered versions of Advantage for Dogs, Advantage for Cats, Frontline Top Spot Cat, and Frontline Top Spot Dog.
The EPA will not register a pesticide until it has been tested to show it will not pose an unreasonable risk when used according to the directions. The agency ensures that pesticide labels provide consumers with the information they need to use the product safely.
In the Phoenix company's case, both the Advantage and Frontline products were missing required labeling information about how to use the products safely, according to the EPA.
The EPA said there has been a recent increase in the number of companies bringing unregistered pet products into the United States. In 1999 the EPA fined a San Diego pet store for selling unregistered Advantage for Dogs and Advantage for Cats. An injunction was also issued against a distributor to stop selling unregistered Advantage products with Spanish labeling from Mexico.