May 31, 2000
Two Pesticide Products Sold in Faulty Containers Recalled
Washington (SafetyAlerts) - The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a voluntary consumer product safety recall for two
faulty "Pull N Spray" home pesticide products. This alert only affects
products sold in Pull N Spray containers;EPA stated "the problem is with the
faulty container, not with the pesticide itself".
Recalled are Monsanto Corporation's Roundup®
Ready-To-Use Weed and Grass Killer and the Scotts Company's Ortho® Ready-To-Use Home
DefenseTM Indoor & Outdoor Insect Killer5, both sold in 1.33 gallon plastic containers
with a t-handle pump and application wand. The containers can be identified by the
words Pull N Spray on the label or by the UPC codes. The Roundup® UPC code item
numbers are either 70183-58064 or 70183-58065. The Home DefenseTM UPC code is 71549-01991.
This voluntary measure was issued after the
manufacturers of the Pull N Spray products reported to EPA calls from consumers who
described experiencing mechanical failures with the pump spray causing exposure to the
EPA is working with the companies in alerting
consumers to return these products to avoid any potential for container failure and,
therefore, inadvertent pesticide exposure. Both companies have begun removing more than
1.8 million Pull 'N Spray products from the marketplace. Scotts and Monsanto will modify
the containers and make labeling changes before returning the products to the marketplace
to ensure the containers function properly.
Consumers who have purchased Pull N Spray
products should return the container with any remaining contents to the retailer where
purchased for a full refund. When the mechanism does not function properly, it may
spray the pesticide contents onto the user or may pop out of the container and strike the
user. The majority of the Pull 'N Spray product incidents were reports of skin and eye
irritation associated with leaks resulting from container failures or misuses. On rare
occasions, a small number of consumers have reported some respiratory difficulty
associated with exposure to the Home Defense product.
EPA is reminding consumers to always read the label first before using pesticides in and
around their homes or on their lawns and follow all label instructions. As an added
precaution, consumers may want to wear protective equipment, such as gloves and safety
glasses, to avoid potential exposure.
For additional information about returns and refunds for these Pull N Spray
products, consumers should call the Manufacturers' Consumer Helpline at 1-800-225-2883.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers May 31,
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