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25. 2.

98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 60/25

Supplementary joint answer


to Written Questions E-1528/97 and E-1529/97
given by Mr Santer on behalf of the Commission
(25 September 1997)

Because of the length of the answer, which includes a number of tables, the Commission is sending it direct to the
Honourable Member and to Parliament’s Secretariat.

(98/C 60/47) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1534/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Phosphate ester poisoning due to the use of Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen

The flea-repellant Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen can be administered in different
forms. Tiguvon 10 is intended for cats over 2 kg in weight. The use of Tiguvon 20 is recommended for dogs
weighing between 3 and 10 kg, while dogs with a body weight of more than 10 kg should be treated with Tiguvon
20 G. People who have repeatedly treated their pets with Tiguvon (Fenthion) have suffered serious phosphate
ester poisoning. As it was unable to answer my Question E-1470/96 (1) on the same subject, I would ask the
Commission to answer the following questions as a matter of urgency:

When were these agents authorized for use on small animals, especially cats? By whom? Had adequate tests been
carried out? Were the tests reviewed and by whom?

(1) OJ C 345, 15.11.1996, p. 76.

(98/C 60/48) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1540/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Phosphate ester poisoning due to the use of Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen

The flea-repellant Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen can be administered in different
forms. Tiguvon 10 is intended for cats over 2 kg in weight. The use of Tiguvon 20 is recommended for dogs
weighing between 3 and 10 kg, while dogs with a body weight of more than 10 kg should be treated with Tiguvon
20 G. People who have repeatedly treated their pets with Tiguvon (Fenthion) have suffered serious phosphate
ester poisoning. As it was unable to answer my Question E-1470/96 (1) on the same subject, I would ask the
Commission to answer the following questions as a matter of urgency:

To what extent have Tiguvon’s interaction with other cholinesterase inhibitors and its effect on humans and
animals been investigated? Which agents are compatible? How are pet-owners warned of possible substances
having a potentiating effect on Fenthion and other phosphoric acid derivatives?

(1) OJ C 345, 15.11.1996, p. 76.

(98/C 60/49) WRITTEN QUESTION E-1544/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Commission
(5 May 1997)

Subject: Phosphate ester poisoning due to the use of Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen

The flea-repellant Tiguvon (Fenthion) manufactured by Bayer Leverkusen can be administered in different
forms. Tiguvon 10 is intended for cats over 2 kg in weight. The use of Tiguvon 20 is recommended for dogs
weighing between 3 and 10 kg, while dogs with a body weight of more than 10 kg should be treated with Tiguvon

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