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Pesticide News Story: EPA Registers Second Antimicrobial Pesticide Product with Anthrax-Related Claims

For Release: April 2, 2010

EPA has issued its second registration of an antimicrobial pesticide product intended to inactivate Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) spores on dry, precleaned, hard, non-porous surfaces. Manufactured by sBioMed of Orem, Utah, "Steriplex Ultra(TM)," may be used only by specially trained civilian and military persons to decontaminate buildings, facilities, vehicles, ships and personal protective equipment that are contaminated with anthrax spores. This action helps to further ensure the United States is prepared to respond to the intentional, accidental or natural introduction of anthrax spores.

EPA reviewed extensive safety and efficacy-related data to ensure that the product is effective and will not cause unreasonable adverse effects when used as directed. EPA also reviewed the labeling of Steriplex Ultra(TM) and associated training materials to ensure that they are consistent with EPA's Pesticide Registration Notice (PRN) 2008-2, which provides guidance to registrants who may want to register anthrax-related products.

For more information, see the EPA factsheet, Antimicrobial Pesticide Products Registered for Anthrax Spore Decontamination. The Pesticide Registration Notice 2008-2 and associated documents are on the Web site.

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