France: Flea collars are pulled off shelves
Children should not be allowed to wear flea collars, never thought this to be an issue. If you are going to France, you might want to bring a bottle of calamine lotion though. Good intentions, like laws, often have
bad consequences, like laws.......................
The Agence Nationale du Médicament Vétérinaire watchdog withdrew the
permit for sale for the the collars as they contain organophosphates,
toxic insecticides known to harm the human nervous system. Humans in
close contact with animals wearing such collars could be affected.
Shops and wholesalers have been told to clear their shelves after
the ANMV looked again at how the flea collars were used and how much
adults and children would come into contact with the toxic substances.
Agency director Jean-Pierre Orand told Sciences et Avenir
magazine: "We looked at several criteria and noted people's change in
behaviour towards their pets, marked by increasingly close and shared
contact especially the fact many children sleep with their cat or dog."
He said some countries opted just to recommend that people should
avoid extended contact with the pet but "we thought this was not
compatible with people's way of life" and preferred to impose a ban.
I feel it fair to inform you that I am of the generation that, growing up, did not have to have my dog on a leash and did not have to carry a plastic bag to pick up his poop.