Counterfeit Advantage Flea Control

The EPA has issued a removal order and a stop sale order to retailers and distributors of counterfeit flea control and tick control pesticides. In an effort keep the public safe, the EPA is cracking down on the distribution and sale of counterfeit Advantage Flea Control and other flea control and tick control pesticides. Couterfeit products are being boxed to look like EPA approved Advantage Flea Control and imported for sale here in te U.S.

Many sites, selling foreign or counterfeit products, use pictures of the U.S. products to deceive the consumer. It is a good idea to contact the online merchant and verify that the product is labeled for sale in the U.S. before purchasing. You can also ask if the products they are selling are U.S. EPA approved. Asking these questions before purchasing will help ensure that you get genuine products for your pet.


How can I tell if the Advantage is counterfeit?

Inspecting the Tube (applicator) is the only way to identify counterfeit Advantage Flea Control. The box and package insert are identical, but by looking at the tube you can make sure the label has the following:

1. The first give away of a counterfeit is the language. It must be in English, If it is a foreign language (most likely French or German), it is counterfeit.
2. “Warning” and “Keep out of reach of children” will be on all legitimate products as well as “Bayer” the manufacturer and the EPA registration number.
3. The label will list the active ingredient and the box will match the ingredient and strength (such as 9.1% imidacloprid on both label and box).
4. U.S Products are E.P.A. approved and the E.P.A. DOES NOT give product expiration dates.

Which products are affected?

The following are brand names and EPA registration numbers of legitimate products. The counterfeit products may use these same names and numbers.

1. Advantage 10 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-117)
2. Advantage 20 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-119)
3. Advantage 55 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-120)
4. Advantage 100 for Dogs (EPA Reg. No. 11556-122)
5. Advantage 9 for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 11556-116)
6. Advantage 18 for Cats (EPA Reg. No. 11556-118)

What should I do if I suspect that my pet has been harmed by one of these counterfeit products?

Contact your pet’s veterinarian for medical assistance and advice as soon as possible. You may contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) at 800-858-7378, an EPA-sanctioned toll-free helpline providing answers to most questions regarding pesticides and pesticide poisonings.