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Room Spray Recalled By Walmart After Two Deaths Lemon-and-MandarinWalmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of aromatherapy room spray that may contain a rare and dangerous bacteria that can cause serious injury and death.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested a version of the product and determined that it contained the dangerous bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis.

Also called Whitmore’s disease, melioidosis is an infectious disease normally found in Asia and Northern Australia that causes pneumonia, abscesses and, in the most severe cases, organ failure.

The CDC has been investigating a cluster of four cases of melioidosis in the United States, including two deaths. Cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Georgia, including a child fatality.

Samples taken by the CDC from a bottle of the Better Homes and Gardens Lavender & Chamomile aromatherapy room spray in the home of the Georgia victim found the presence of these dangerous bacteria. 

The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021. The cost was about $4.

“Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle. The aromatherapy was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents with these 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 sale of the product, which was made in India. 

The CDC’s recommends consumers:

  1. Stop using this product immediately. Don’t open the bottle. Don’t attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.
  2. Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
  3. 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.
  4. Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner.
  5. Minimize handling of the product and wash hands thoroughly after handling the bottle or linens. Wash hands thoroughly after removing gloves.

Customers will also receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card when they return the room spray.

For more information, call Walmart at 800-925-6278 from 7 a.m. through 9 p.m. CT any day or visit www.walmart.com and click on “Product Recalls.” Walmart Inc. uses the brand Better Homes and Gardens, a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation, under license. Make calls to Walmart and return the room spray to them. 

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.


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