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In an effort to reduce accidental exposures to poisonous rat and rodent baits and other rodenticide products, EPA is requiring manufacturers to add indicator dyes and bittering agents that will help identify these products if they are accidentally ingested or improperly handled. On September11, 1998, EPA issued a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document for rodenticides and the Agency's plans to initiate a stakeholder group to develop additional ideas to reduce risk of exposure to rodenticides while maintaining the public health benefits of these products.

The Rodenticide Stakeholder Workgroup is a workgroup of the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). It includes representatives from federal agencies, state, local, and tribal governments, consumer and environmental/public interest groups, the medical community, the public health community, the pesticide/rodenticide industry, user groups, and the general public.

EPA has developed a two-phase process to mitigate risks associated with rodenticides. During Phase 1, EPA will require products covered by the rodenticide cluster to incorporate an indicator dye (to help identify whether a child or pet has actually consumed the pesticide) and a bittering agent into the formulations. The timing of the incorporation of the dye and bittering agent is being discussed with registrants, along with problems encountered in reformulating their products. Phase 2 consists of the stakeholder process to consider issues such as improving the safety of rodenticide products and animal exposure, including wildlife and household pets.

The first workgroup meeting will be held on March 30, 1999 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Additional tentative meeting dates are May 6, June 10, and July 14. EPA published an announcement of the March 30 meeting in the Federal Register on February 23rd (

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