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Consumer Product Safety

Incident Report

Subform I: General Information

1. Report Type.

New incident report

Incident Report Number: 2008-2761

2. Registrant Information.

Registrant Reference Number: Prosar case 1-16308101

Registrant Name (Full Legal Name no abbreviations): Scotts Canada Ltd.

Address: 2000 Argentia Road Plaza 5 Suite 101

City: Mississauga

Prov / State: Ontario

Country: Canada

Postal Code: L5N2R7

3. Select the appropriate subform(s) for the incident.

Domestic Animal

4. Date registrant was first informed of the incident.


5. Location of incident.

Country: CANADA

Prov / State: ALBERTA

6. Date incident was first observed.


Product Description

7. a) Provide the active ingredient and, if available, the registration number and product name (include all tank mixes). If the product is not registered provide a submission number.


PMRA Registration No. 9167      PMRA Submission No.       EPA Registration No.

Product Name: Ant-B-Gon Max Ant Eliminator Liquid (Ortho)

  • Active Ingredient(s)
    • BORAX

7. b) Type of formulation.

Application Information

8. Product was applied?


9. Application Rate.


10. Site pesticide was applied to (select all that apply).

Site: Res. - Out Home / Rés - à l'

11. Provide any additional information regarding application (how it was applied, amount applied, the size of the area treated etc).

The reporter applied the product to ant mounds on 6/13/08. He stated he had also used "ant powder" at the same time.

To be determined by Registrant

12. In your opinion, was the product used according to the label instructions?


Subform III: Domestic Animal Incident Report

1. Source of Report

Animal's Owner

2. Type of animal affected

Cat / Chat

3. Breed

Domestic Shorthair

4. Number of animals affected


5. Sex


6. Age (provide a range if necessary )


7. Weight (provide a range if necessary )



8. Route(s) of exposure


9. What was the length of exposure?

Unknown / Inconnu

10. Time between exposure and onset of symptoms

Unknown / Inconnu

11. List all symptoms


  • Gastrointestinal System
    • Symptom - Anorexia
    • Symptom - Vomiting
    • Symptom - Salivating excessively
    • Symptom - Stomach pain

12. How long did the symptoms last?

Persisted until death

13. Was medical treatment provided? Provide details in question 17.


14. a) Was the animal hospitalized?


14. b) How long was the animal hospitalized?


15. Outcome of the incident

Euthanised / Euthanasie

16. How was the animal exposed?

Accidental ingestion/Ingestion accident.

17. Provide any additional details about the incident

(eg. description of the frequency and severity of the symptoms

1-16308101:The reporter called the registrant's health and safety hot line on 6/20/08 to report the death of his 7 year old cat after ingestion of a liquid ant product containing the active ingredient Borax. According to the reporter, he had placed the product on some ant mounds on 6/13/08 and his cat had licked the product after application. The cat had then developed symptoms of vomiting, stomach pain, anorexia, and salivation. The cat had been taken to a veterinarian on 6/14/08 and had been treated with IV fluids, along with an unknown "lotion" in the mouth like "a hair ball treatment for a bowel movement". Per the reporter, blood work indicated the cat's kidneys were normal. The cat's condition had not improved and the cat had been euthanized on 6/20/08. The safety profile of the product was discussed during the call, and including the fact that the symptoms would not be expected given the product and the exposure. A recommendation was made to consider having a necropsy done. Note: several times during the call the reporter stated the product was a liquid with an active ingredient of Borax. The reporter had previously spoken with the registrant's customer service department, and had been faxed an MSDS for the Max Ant Eliminator product. Using that MSDS as a reference the reporter stated the EPA/PCP# was 27201. The Max Ant Eliminator product is a Permethrin-based liquid ant bait.

To be determined by Registrant

18. Severity classification (if there is more than 1 possible classification


19. Provide supplemental information here