BENTONVILLE. Ark. Walmart is recalling aromatherapy room spray bottles because of the possibility of two deaths from a rare and deadly bacteria.
The Consumer Product Safety CommissionFriday’s announcement by the CPSC stated that 3,900 bottles of “Better Homes and Gardens” Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Spray with Gemstones were recalled by the company. The recall included six scents.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) Lab tests have identified the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomalleiIn one of the affected bottles. Melioidosis can be caused by the bacterium.
According to the CDC the spray was found at the residence of a Georgia resident who fell ill with melioidosis late July.
The CDC investigated a group of four cases in the country of melioidosis. Officials have confirmed that four cases of melioidosis were reported in Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and Texas. Two of the victims died, and one was a child.
According to the CDC, they are continuing testing to determine if the genetic signature of the bacteria found in Georgia’s bottle matches the one identified in the patients.
The Aromatherapy Room Spray was available at approximately 55 Walmart locations nationwide, and online at Walmart.com starting in February 2021. It retails for about $4.
The label at the top of the 5-ounce glass bottles reads “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy”. The aromatherapy came with a pump spraynozzle that could be used to spray the following fragrances or product numbers:
Walmart has stopped selling this product, which was made in India.
All consumers who have purchased these products must do the following:
According to the CDC, melioidosis in the US is a serious but rare disease. There are 12 cases annually. There are many symptoms that may be confused with common illnesses like the flu and the common cold. It is rare for people to spread the disease from one person to another.