The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday ordered sBioMed LLC to immediately stop the sale, use or removal of the pesticide products Steriplex SD Part A and Steriplex SD Activator Part B, the agency told the AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment. According to the order, recent testing gives the EPA reason to believe the products are “misbranded pesticides” and not effective against Clostridium difficile as indicated on the product labels. The order requires SBioMed, the developer, to “take immediate steps to voluntarily recall these products from the market until the compliance issues can be resolved.” The EPA also recommends that “hospitals and health care facilities, which currently use these products for infection control purposes, find alternative EPA registered products which control Clostridium difficile.” Questions should be directed to the EPA’s Adrienne Fortin (Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division, Office of Civil Enforcement) at 202-564-7862 or fortin.adrienne@epa.gov, or Julie Chao (Antimicrobials Division, Office of Pesticide Programs) at 703-308-8735 or chao.julie@epa.gov.