The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the voluntary recall of a product used to monitor the effectiveness of certain sterilization systems. An FDA review showed that Advanced Sterilization Products' Sterrad Cyclesure 24 Biological Indicator cannot effectively monitor the sterilization process throughout its stated 15-month shelf life. The agency recommends that facilities determine the new expiration date by subtracting nine months from the date on the packaging; re-label non-expired product cases with the new date; return outdated product as instructed in the recall notice; and use an alternative sterilizer if available.

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