According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Walmart is recalling 4,000 bottles of “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray” that have been connected with two deaths and four illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the agency has identified Burkholderia pseudomallei contamination in some bottles of the aromatherapy spray. Burkholderia pseudomallei is a potentially deadly bacteria that can cause melioidosis. Melioidosis is an illness that can be potentially fatal and is difficult to diagnose. The melioidosis cases were reported in Minnesota, Kansas, Georgia, and Texas.
The CDC stated that its investigation has confirmed four cases of melioidosis, two of which were fatal cases. The CDC confirmed that its investigators found the bacteria in a bottle of Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray inside the home of one person who died of melioidosis. The aromatherapy spray was a bottle of “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones.” The CDC reported that its investigators will test the bacteria in the bottle to determine if the bacteria is a match in the other melioidosis cases.
Melioidosis symptoms are similar to flu or cold symptoms, according to the CDC.
According to the recall notice, the contaminated Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray was retailed at approximately 55 Walmart stores and the megastore’s website from February 2021 to October 21, 2021. Walmart reported that its stores have pulled the remaining bottles of the affected spray and related products from its store shelves and its website.
Inger Damon, Director of the CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, states that the agency is very concerned about how the serious illness “spread across time and geography.” Mr. Damon also stated that the CDC’s scientists are working tirelessly to try to find the source for the melioidosis infections and hoped their work protected other purchasers of this product. The CDC is continuing to investigate other related aromatherapy scents and other brands that may also pose a risk.
Walmart recalled six different scents of Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy Room Spray. “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is on the front label of the 5-ounce glass bottle. The aromatherapy spray also contained a pump spray nozzle in the following product numbers and scents:
- 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
These products were manufactured and imported from the country of India. Walmart stopped the safe of these products and also removed the products from its shelves and Walmart.com online store.
The CDC’s is urging purchasers to:
- Immediately stop using the recalled products.
- Do not open the bottle.
- Do not throw away the bottle.
- Double bag the bottle in two clear zip sealable plastic bags and then put the product in a small cardboard box. Return the boxed product to a Walmart store.
- Wash all bed linens the product was sprayed on with laundry detergent and dry thoroughly in a dryer on high heat. Bleach may also be used if desired.
- Wipe all counters and surfaces exposed to the spray with a disinfectant cleaner.
- Reduce handling of the bottle and wash hands completely after touching the linens and the bottle. Wash hands after removing gloves.
The CDC’s press release can be read here – CDC Identifies Rare Bacteria in Aromatherapy Product
and Health Alert Network (HAN).
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