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How Public-Private Partnerships Work

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pursuing a series of actions to increase the safety of spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control for cats and dogs. Immediately, EPA will begin reviewing labels and determining which ones need stronger and clearer labeling statements. EPA will also develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. EPA expects these steps will help prevent adverse reactions from pet spot-on products.

During the past decade EPA has formed partnerships with a wide range of organizations to test pest control practices that reduce pesticide risk. We understand that the only way to encourage growers to adopt new pest control practices is to demonstrate that such practices can control serious pests and, also, save growers money.  Rather than test such practices ourselves and educate growers afterwards, EPA is working with the agricultural community in many parts of the country to develop and evaluate pest control practices that reduce pesticide risk.

The vast majority of these partnerships are between EPA and agricultural associations or grower groups at the national, state, or local levels. These partnerships are completely voluntary and separate from the Agency's regulatory responsibilities. Because of this, organizations that manufacture or sell pesticides are not eligible to join EPA's partnership programs.

Our public-private partnerships are built on a working relationship based on mutual trust, respect, and the sharing of information.  The outcomes of partnership projects benefit not only growers who save money by using less conventional pesticides; they also benefit the general public who face less risk from pesticide residues on food and, in some places, in ground water used for drinking water and in air pollution. The environment also is better protected from chemicals that run off into surface waters, such as rivers, streams, lakes, and bays, and threaten wildlife habitats.

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