Walmart said on Friday that certain bottles of Better Homes and Gardens aromatherapy Room Spray are being recalled. The spray recalled the presence of a rare and dangerous pathogen that poses a severe risk of serious harm or death.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered Burkholderia pseudomallei in a bottle of Better Homes and Garden Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones while researching a cluster of four instances of melioidosis, a rare tropical disease. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, this is a dangerous bacteria that causes melioidosis, a difficult-to-diagnose illness that can be fatal.
Two of the persons whose cases the CDC was looking into have died. While the CDC has not confirmed the source of the infections, the recall notice stated that a container of the Room Spray containing the same type of bacteria was located in the residence of one of the melioidosis decedents.From February to October, 3,900 bottles of the Room Spray, packaged in 5-ounce glass bottles, were sold at 55 Walmart locations and online. The was manufactured in India and has since been removed from store shelves.
The CDC is coordinating with state health departments in Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas to try to determine whether the other three patients may have also used this or similar products. Inger Damon, MD, MPH, director of CDC’s Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, which manages melioidosis said that our hearts go out to the families that have been impacted by this situation.