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Three Step Rat Poison Banned

Tuesday 22nd January, 2019-The popular ‘Three Step’ poison used as a rodenticide has been banned by the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board.

The PTCCB warned in a statement that the ‘Three Step’ contains aldicarb as its active ingredient and is highly toxic to humans and pets. Additionally, there is a warning that there is no antidote for that ingredient.

The general public is reminded that the illegal importation, sale and use of banned or unregistered chemical products is an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $25,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or a combination of both.


The general public is also reminded that all pesticides and toxic chemicals imported into Antigua and Barbuda must be registered prior to importation into the country. To avoid detention, confiscation of consignments and/or prosecution all importers are urged to consult with the PTCCB to ensure that all pesticides and toxic chemicals they are desirous of importing are duly registered by the Board.

Known as Tres Pasitos in Spanish, which translates to three little steps, the name implies that the product is so poisonous; rats will die very quickly after eating it. It is made of small brown grains that look like food. Tres Pasitos is often sold in sandwich bags with little or no labeling. Touching, breathing or swallowing even a small amount of three steps can cause vomiting, weakness, dizziness, sweating, and shortness of breath, which can worsen and lead to death.


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