Walmart is recalling an aromatherapy spray after rare and dangerous bacteria were found in the products that could potentially cause a fatal condition.
According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), investigators are looking into two deaths that seem related to these products.
CPSC officials said they tested Walmart’s Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones and found Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria, which can cause a potentially fatal condition called melioidosis. The CDC has been looking into four confirmed cases of the condition in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, and Georgia along with two deaths including one child fatality.
Details of the Recall
Officials have not confirmed the source of the four infections but noted that a bottle with the same type of bacteria was found in the home of one of the melioidosis decedents. Consumers who have these aromatherapy sprays at home are asked to stop using them right away, double-bag the bottle in clear zip-top reusable bags, place it in a cardboard box and return to any Walmart store for a full refund.
Officials warned consumers that they should not open the bottle or attempt to throw the product away. Walmart will provide consumers with a $20 gift card for the return of these items. The room spray was sold at 55 Wal-Mart locations nationwide and online from February to October 2021 for about $4. A label hat reading “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy” is printed on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle.
CPSC officials are also urging consumers to wash sheets or linens that may have been sprayed with the product, and 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. If you have used the product within the last 21 days and experience fever or other symptoms, seek medical care right away and tell your doctor about the product exposure. You may need antibiotics to prevent infection.
Product Liability Issues
Toxic exposure is obviously a serious concern with these particular products. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse health effects as a result of these products, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one to a toxic product, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer as well. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.