Walmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of an aromatherapy spray because of possible bacterial contamination, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
The recalled product is Better Home and Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents.
A version of the product contained the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei according to a test by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said the bacteria causes a condition called melioidosis. The CDC is investigating four melioidosis cases in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia. There have been two deaths, including one child death.
The CDC found the bacteria in samples of the Better Homes and Gardens Lavender and Chamomile aromatherapy spray in the home of the victim in Georgia.
Walmart sold the product at about 55 stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4. “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the aromatherapy was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents and product numbers: 84140411420, Lavender & Chamomile; 84140411421, Lemon and Mandarin; 84140411422, Lavender; 84140411423, Peppermint; 84140411424, Lime & Eucalyptus; 84140411425, Sandalwood and Vanilla.
The commission urges consumers with the products to not open the bottle or stop using them immediately and take these steps:
- Do not throw away or dispose of the bottle but double-bag it in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
- Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer. Bleach can be used if desired.
- Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
- Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.