Walmart recalls room spray due to rare, dangerous bacteria; two deaths investigated
(KFVS) - A room spray is being recalled due to a rare and dangerous bacteria.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Walmart recalled about 3,900 units of the Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents.
The CPSC said tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that a bottle of the room spray contained the rare and dangerous bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis, a condition that is difficult to diagnose and can be deadly.
The CDC has been investigating four confirmed cases of melioidosis, including two deaths in the U.S.
Cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, including a child’s death.
According to CPSC, samples taken by CDC from a bottle of the lavender and chamomile room spray in the home of the Georgia victim found the presence of the dangerous bacteria.
“When you think about the thousands of things people come in contact with around their homes, it’s remarkable we were able to identify the source and confirm it in the lab,” said Inger Damon, MD, PhD, director of CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology. “CDC scientists and our partners found the proverbial needle in the haystack.”
The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4.
It was sold in the following scents and product numbers:
- 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
- 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
- 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
- 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
- 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
- 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla
- The CPSC said Walmart has stopped selling the product.
CDC recommendations are that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled room spray, double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags, place it in a small cardboard box and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund.
They say do not open the bottle and do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
Customers will receive a $20 Walmart gift card upon return.
Currently the CDC scientist are working to evaluate the proportion of contamination in other bottles and weather other scents may also be contaminated.
Since Friday, October 22, the CDC tested an additional spray bottle that has tested positive for the bacteria as well.
The CDC said the bacteria that caused melioidosis does not normally live in soil and water in the United States.
They also said If the spray bottles end up in landfills, the bacteria could become settled and cause future melioidosis cases in the U.S.
The CDC is working with Walmart to ensure the returned bottles are disposed of properly and safely.
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