Walmart has announced an aromatherapy spray recall following reports that the product may contain deadly bacteria.
Aromatherapy Spray Recall Nationwide
Walmart initiated the aromatherapy spray recall on October 22, 2021. The retailer is recalling approximately 3,900 bottles of “Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones” ]sold nationwide, including in Illinois.
Walmart’s aromatherapy spray recall comes in response to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the product may contain Burkholderia pseudomallei, a rare and dangerous bacteria. Burkholderia causes melioidosis, a condition that is difficult to diagnose and can be fatal.
The CDC has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Georgia, including two deaths. The source of these infections has not yet been confirmed. However, Burkholderia was present in samples taken from a bottle of Better Homes and Gardens Lavender & Chamomile aromatherapy room spray that was found in the Georgia victim’s home.
Which Aromatherapy Sprays Are Affected?
Walmart sold the recalled aromatherapy spray at about 55 of its stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021. The retail price was approximately $4.00. Each five-ounce glass bottle has “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy” printed on the front and comes with a pump spray nozzle. The recall applies to 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
Walmart has stopped selling all products included in the aromatherapy spray recall. No personal injury attorneys are known to have filed suit over the recalled products at this time.
What Consumers Should Do
The CDC urges consumers who have purchased the recalled spray to stop using it immediately. They should also not open the bottle or attempt to throw it away or otherwise dispose of it.
Instead, purchasers should double-bag each bottle in a clean, clear, zip-top resealable bag, place it in a small cardboard box, and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund. Customers will also receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card upon return.
Additionally, the CDC recommends that people who purchased any of the products included in the aromatherapy spray recall take the following precautions:
- Wash all sheets or linens on which the product may have been sprayed using normal laundry detergent, and dry them completely in a hot dryer. Bleach may be used if desired.
- Wipe down any surfaces and counters that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
- Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after touching the bottle or the infected linens.
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