Hartz Mountain ignites a powder keg
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 1994:
HARRISON, New Jersey––The Hartz Mountain
Corporation on May 6 lit a powder keg by donating 10 cases
each of Blockade flea and tick repellent to numerous animal
shelters. Blockade hasn’t been controversial recently, but
some shelter staff recalled the history of the product and
responded by not only rejecting the gift, but also setting up
a telephone tree to warn other shelters.
The initial furor erupted in 1987, when Blockade
was introduced. Within a year it was blamed for 366 pet
deaths, 2,700 pet injuries, and 56 “alleged unsubstantiated
human injuries,” according to a letter Hartz Mountain sent
the EPA in December 1987, when it took Blockade off the
market for further testing.