The Division of Environmental Quality under the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality will no longer accept 12 d-CON products as legal for importation into the CNMI after March 31, 2015. All retailers are advised to discontinue the purchase of any of the 12 d-CON products on the list and will only have up to May 31, 2015, to sell existing inventory. Retailers are encouraged to phase out all existing inventory before the deadline to avoid violation notices and penalties.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with the manufacturer, Reckitt Benckiser, to cancel these 12 d-CON rat and mouse poison products, which will help prevent risks to children, pets, and wildlife. Based on the agreement, Reckitt Benckiser will begin to phase out production of the 12 d-CON rat and mouse poison products in June 2014. Production of these products will stop by Dec. 31, 2014 and distribution to retailers will end by March 31, 2015.
The 12 d-CON products being canceled do not meet U.S. EPA’s current safety standards. All 12 of the products are sold without a protective bait station. Bait stations are required for consumer products to protect children and pets from contact with bait pellets. Also, eight of the 12 products contain second generation anticoagulants pesticides that pose unacceptable risks to non-target wildlife.