Walmart Recalls Aromatherapy Sprays after “Rare and Dangerous”Bacteria in them is linked to 2 deaths

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Walmart has recalled certain Better Homes and Gardens essential oil-infused aromatherapy room sprays with gemstones following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation. “rare and dangerous” bacteria linked to four infections and two deaths.

The Remember this website notes that the source of the infections has not yet been confirmed, but the victims’ homes all had the bottle with the same type of bacteria.

Room sprays contained bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei. Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis, which is both difficult to diagnose and can also be fatal.

The six bottles being recalled are Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile, Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin, Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender, Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint, Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus, and Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla.

All 3,900 bottles were 5-ounce glass bottles with pump spraynozzles. They retailed at $4. They were sold online and nationwide in 55 stores from February 2021 to October 2021.

The infections have been reported in Texas, Georgia and Minnesota. One of the victims was a young child.

Per the CDC, anyone with the product should stop using it, double-bag the bottle in zip-top bags, place the bag into a box, and return the boxed-up item to Walmart. They should then wash everything the product has been sprayed with.

The company also stated that customers must not dispose of or throw away the products.

Returning sprays will earn you $20 Walmart gift vouchers

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