Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Since there has been a concensus that the addition of zeolite has been a major plus, I have contacted the Parks Dept. requesting that the entire run (including the small run) be covered. I have not received word yet when it will be delivered, but when it is, we will need some volunteers to help spread it out around the perimeter and in the small run where the tractor can't operate. So have your old jeans and sneakers ready to go.

Reminder: The run is open daily 7A to 10P. No dogs off leash outside the run in TRP (including the lawns) at anytime. Please vacate the run at 10P and do not enter if the gates haven't been locked. We must play by the rules that the Parks Dept. and Community Board 7 established and were agreed to some years ago in order to have the run where it is. Don't jeopordize our use of the property.

There was a recent advisory put out about fake flea & tick meds. Here's the info:

What action is EPA announcing?

EPA, in cooperation with its state and regional regulatory partners, is announcing the issuance of stop sale, use, and removal orders to retailers and other distributors of certain counterfeit pesticide products for control of fleas and ticks on dogs and cats. The stop sale, use, and removal orders are intended to disrupt an effort to distribute counterfeit pet pesticides. The counterfeit pesticides appear to have been unlawfully imported and were packaged in cartons designed to look like legitimately registered pesticides available in the U.S. under the trade names " Advantage " and " Frontline. " The orders prohibit retailers and other distributors from distributing or selling the counterfeit pesticide products and require their proper disposal.

Links to look at below:

http://wcbstv. com/seenat11/ fleas.ticks. epa.2.1095488. html

http://www.epa. gov/pesticides/ factsheets/ petproduct. htm

What products are affected by this action?

The following are brand names and EPA registration numbers of legitimate products. The counterfeit products may use these same names and numbers.

o Frontline Top Spot for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 65331-2)

o Frontline Top Spot for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 65331-3)

o Frontline Plus for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 65331-4)

o Frontline Plus for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 65331-5) I have this but it pass the legitimate product test READ BELOW or call MERIAL at 1800-660-1842 I did. - Billy

o Advantage 10 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-117)

o Advantage 20 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-119)

o Advantage 55 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-120)

o Advantage 100 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-122)

o Advantage 9 for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 11556-116)

o Advantage 18 for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 11556-118)

How can I determine if I have purchased the legitimate products?

The pesticide products are sold in a carton. It is difficult to distinguish counterfeit products from EPA-registered products because they look very much alike. To determine if the product you have purchased is legitimate, check to see if it meets the following criteria. If the product fails any one of these criteria, it most likely is an illegitimate product and should be disposed of properly.

Frontline products

The lot number on the retail carton matches the lot number on the applicator package and/or the individual applicators.

The instruction leaflet is included. It provides the following information: first-aid statements, including emergency U.S. telephone numbers; precautionary statements for humans and pets; directions for use; and storage and disposal statements.

The pesticide is contained in an applicator package, which is child-resistant. The directions for opening the child- resistant applicator package include an illustration that actually looks like the applicator package. The directions include " To remove applicator, use scissors or lift and remove plastic tab to expose foil, then pull down. "

The legitimate applicator package looks like this; note the notch between the individual applicator packages, which generally are absent on counterfeit products. Text on the package is in English only.

Once you open the applicator package, each individual applicator has a label that includes the registrant's name " Merial; " the product name; the EPA registration number (see list above); the net contents in fluid ounces (fl. oz.) (not in metric measure, i.e., ml); percentage (%) of active ingredient(s) (fipronil for Frontline Top Spot products; and fipronil and (S)-methoprene for Frontline Plus products); and the statements " CAUTION, " " Keep out of reach of children, " and " See full label for additional directions. " Text is in English only.

The applicator label for the dog products includes the size of the dog in pounds on which the product is to be used.

Advantage products

The only way to determine a legitimate Advantage product from a counterfeit product is by examining the actual applicator tubes that are inside the carton. Since the directions for use on the retail carton (outer box) and instruction leaflet of the legitimate product and the counterfeit product are identical, check the language that is printed on the applicator tubes. The legitimate Advantage products all contain applicator tubes that are printed in English. The most obvious sign of a counterfeit product is that the applicator tubes are printed in a foreign language (most likely French or German).

The legitimate applicator tubes include the EPA Registration Number, the signal word WARNING, and the child hazard warning (Keep Out of Reach of Children). Counterfeit applicator tubes may lack this information.

Legitimate applicator tubes will also include a reference statement that refers users to the main labeling for directions for use and will include the manufacturing company's name (Bayer). Counterfeit applicator tubes may lack this information.

Legitimate applicator tubes will contain an active ingredient statement that agrees with the active ingredient statement on the retail carton (9.1% imidacloprid) . A counterfeit product may have an active ingredient statement that differs (such as 10%).

Hope this was of value to you.

See you at the run.....


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