The Obama administration claims a company that makes rat poison is refusing to comply with standards to protect children, and is moving to ban 12 of its products from the market.
The Environmental Protection Agency said Reckitt Benckiser Inc. is the only manufacturer of rat poisons that has refused to work with the government on new safety standards. The company’s product brands include Veet, Air Wick and Clearasil.
“Moving forward to ban these products will prevent completely avoidable risks to children,” said James Jones, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in a statement. “With this action, EPA is ensuring that the products on the market are both safe and effective for consumers.”