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April 09, 2013

Re "Ban super rat poisons," Editorial, April 5

Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of d-CON pesticides, is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's attempt to stop the sale of second-generation rodenticides because we believe it is the right thing to do for consumers.

Rodent infestations are a threat to public health, and if the EPA's actions were to take effect, the alternatives for consumers would include products that contain a powerful neurotoxin with no known antidote (unlike d-CON products) or less effective products to which rodents are resistant. Alternately, consumers would be forced to pay higher costs for professional pest control services.

We have chosen not to modify our products by changing to less effective ingredients or powerful neurotoxins, and we have a responsibility to our customers to voice our concerns about the public health risks that may result from a spike in rodent infestations and the increased use of products with no antidote.

Tony Brand

Parsippany, N.J.

The writer is a spokesman for Reckitt Benckiser.

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