Rat poison maker challenges state regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The manufacturer of a popular rodent poison is challenging a new California regulation that would prevent consumers from being able to purchase the pesticides for at-home use.

Reckitt Benckiser, a major producer of health and home products including d-CON rodent poison, filed a complaint on Friday against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The complaint, filed in Superior Court in San Diego, argues that the state agency overstepped its authority earlier this month when it classified consumer pesticides as restricted materials and ordered stores to remove them from shelves by July 1.

The regulation applies to all pesticide products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, or difethialone — chemicals that interfere with blood clotting when ingested.

The DPR says the regulation is necessary because the substances pose a danger to pets and wildlife.

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