“Product manufacturers as well as some humane groups are proposing to protect pets and people from antifreeze poisoning by adding a bitter, taste-aversive agent such as denatonium benzoate (Bitrex®) to ethylene glycol-containing automobile antifreeze, and federal legislation has been proposed to this effect.”
“To avoid the high taxes on ethanol for consumption, additives are added to make it unpalatable (such as denatonium benzoate-\ "Bitrex\") or poisonous (such as methanol).”
“The Consumer Specialty Products Association, which represents antifreeze manufacturers, opposes laws requiring the addition of denatonium benzoate to engine coolant.”
“The law requires that any engine coolant or antifreeze manufactured after Jan. 1, 2011, and sold in Virginia must contain denatonium benzoate.”
“Lafield said denatonium benzoate could end up polluting the environment.”
“(R-Jefferson), who has proposed legislation to require that a bitter-tasting chemical -- denatonium benzoate -- be added to antifreeze sold in the state beginning in 2011.”
“Benton said adding small amounts of denatonium benzoate would deter children, pets and wildlife from consuming antifreeze.”
“A new regulation mandating the use of the bittering agent denatonium benzoate, will be effective Jan. 1, 2011.”
“In the previous decade, Oregon was the first state to denatonium benzoate (DB) be added to antifreeze and windshield washer fluid.”
“In fact, The ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) regularly receives calls involving dogs who have consumed mouse poison containing denatonium benzoate.”
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