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EPA APPROVAL LEADS TO GREATER PRODUCT SAFETY

 TWINSBURG, Ohio, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- An added safeguard against accidental poisonings will now be available to California consumers as a result of state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action.
 The California EPA recently approved the addition of Bittrex(R) -- a strong, bitter-tasting substance -- to "Bait Blocks," indoor/outdoor rodent bait manufactured by J.T. Eaton & Co. Bittrex(R), recognized in the "Guiness Book of Records" as the most bitter substance known, is already used in "Bait Blocks" distributed in other states, and now will offer the same peace of mind to California consumers.
 "Bait Blocks" with Bittrex(R) is manufactured and distributed by J.T. Eaton & Co., a 61-year-old manufacturer and supplier of rodent- control and pest-control products for consumers as well as for commercial and industrial users. Its brand-name products are sold in discount, hardware, drug, supermarket, farm and lawn-and-garden stores.
 Dr. Michael Godfrey, J.T. Eaton director of research and development, worked closely with the California EPA to gain its approval for the use of Bittrex(R) in products marketed in the state, and said the approval will provide a greater level of confidence for consumers, particularly those with young children.
 Bittrex(R), Dr. Godfrey said, is already added to numerous household items such as shampoos, laundry detergents and glass cleaners and to automotive products such as washer fluid and antifreeze. While it does not affect the performance of any product, it tastes so bitter that any child who accidentally tastes it will immediately spit it out without swallowing. With "Bait Blocks," Bittrex(R) will work the same way, Dr. Godfrey said.
 "California, in particular, has been concerned with the risk of accidental poisonings more than many other states have," he said. "The perceived risk is far greater than the real risk, but the addition of Bittrex(R) to 'Bait Blocks' will help reduce even more the risk of accidental poisonings to non-targets such as children."
 Dr. Godfrey compared the addition of Bittrex(R) to Eaton "Bait Blocks" to the installation of air bags on automobiles. The protection is included in the product, and the consumer benefits without taking any additional measure. That protection, he pointed out, "is totally beyond the control of the user."
 Eaton "Bait Blocks" is just one of the many products the company has introduced over the course of its 61 years. Since 1932, J.T. Eaton & Co.'s research and development has brought a number of rodent-control and pest-control products to the marketplace. In addition to "Bait Blocks," these include its well known "Stick-Em"-brand glue traps for rats and mice.
 J.T. Eaton products are certified with all necessary California EPA and federal EPA environmental and safety approvals.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Telephone interviews with Dr. Michael Godfrey, a wildlife biologist, can be arranged through J.T. Eaton & Co. He can address the proper, safe use of pest-control products, particularly around children and pets. Contact Marcia Longo at J.T. Eaton, 800-321-3421 or 216-425-7801/
 /CONTACT: Marcia Longo of J.T. Eaton & Co., 800-321-3421 or 216-425-7801/


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