The T.O.Y. Army, a group of dedicated volunteers in the US and globally, has contacted the Dollar Tree chain of stores after finding Bansect propoxur flea collars in most of the stores visited. We followed up with two letters, the second one is in the post Letter to Dollar Tree. We began this journey last year and had over 100 dedicated volunteers visit Dollar Tree Stores all over the country. They took pictures of the flea products on the shelves and filled out forms, including the brand, how many and the ingredients. We were surprised to find that Bansect collars, and made by Sergeant’s Pet Car, were on the shelves in almost every Dollar Tree Store. This collar contains propoxur, which is a known carcinogen and has already been banned for residential use due to health concerns. To learn more about propoxur and the open comment period (to July 15) for EPA consideration visit this post Help Get Propoxur Flea Collars Banned and Off the Shelves.

This is a GREAT VICTORY! We are trying to confirm this information since it was so short, however it bodes well.

Aundria followed up with another letter and found her follow up letter was bounced back from all the contacts formerly emailed. However, she got this response when she sent it again to the general email.

OPEN LETTER:

From <ithinkimoliver@yahoo.com>
To: <customerinquiries@dollartree.com>

Name: Aundria Arlandson
In December of last year, I submitted a letter to Mr. Bob Sasser explaining my concern with the Bansect line of Flea and Tick Collars sold in some of your stores.

Since sending that letter, I have received no response from your company, but did receive a threat from Sergeants Pet Products regarding a cease and desist order against further contacting you about my concerns of carrying the Bansect Line of Flea and Tick Collars that you carry in some of your Dollar Tree Stores.

The Bansect Line flea collars that Dollar Tree sold in some of your stores contain propoxur. California has already determined that propoxur causes cancer and that consumer warnings are required. NRDC is suing major manufacturers and retailers of flea collars containing propoxur.

Last year, I traveled to Washington DC to meet with the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs regarding their on-going support of the sale of harmful over the counter flea and tick products. This year, I am returning to Washington and intend to further discuss my concerns about the pesticides in over the counter flea and tick products that harm, damage, permanently damage and kill companion animals with the EPA, government agencies, state representatives, print and televised media and partake in a tentatively scheduled rally that will inform hundreds, if not thousands of people about
the dangers of flea and tick products that contain harmful pesticides, including Dollar Trees sale of the Bansect line that contains propoxur in some of your stores.

If you have any questions, I can be reached at ithinkimoliver@yahoo.com

Please see the docket at Regulations.gov
#EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0207

PETS AND PEOPLES LIVES ARE WORTH MORE THAN ONE DOLLAR.
PLEASE PULL THESE PRODUCTS FROM YOUR SHELVES!

Thank you.

Not One More Like Him. Ever.

DOLLAR TREE RESPONSE:

From: customerinquiries@dollartree.com <customerinquiries@dollartree.com>
Subject: Fw: Concerns about a Dollar Tree Product
To: ithinkimoliver@yahoo.com
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 6:14 PM

Dear Mrs. Arlandson,
Thank you for your comments and your concern. We no longer carry that product.

Thank you,
Customer Service

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  • Anonymous

    That’s fantastic news, Timmy!!!  You managed to do something that the entire EPA was either unable or unwilling to do.

    Thank you, Dollar Tree, for deciding there are better ways to make a dollar besides selling products that harm and kill pets, and pose unacceptable health risks to children. 

    • Anonymous

      Dollar Tree deserves HUGE kudos. We will make sure they get some good press from this! Truth is, HD, that the group of over 100 dedicated volunteers who worked on this, the T.O.Y. Army, is the one who deserves the credit.

      • Ithinkimoliver

        Absolutely TT! TT’s peep and myself are the mouth piece for the T.O.Y. Army… none of this could have been possible without their dedication and passion! T.O.Y. Army ROCKS!

  • BABUSHKA82272<span class="comment-author-location"> from Iselin, NJ, United States</span>

    I JUST PURCHASED SQUEEZE ON FROM UR STORE IN EAST BRUNSWICK