Walmart recalls Better Home & Gardens room spray containing ‘dangerous’ bacteria linked to two deaths

Walmart recalls Better Home & Gardens room spray containing ‘dangerous’ bacteria linked to two deaths

THE WHAT? Walmart has announced the voluntary recall of the Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones following a link to a rare bacteria that is not often found in the U.S. 

THE DETAILS The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that the product contained Burkholderia pseudomallei, which has been involved in four cases of melioidosis, which included two deaths. 

Sold at approximately 55 stores across the U.S. and online from February 2021 to October 2021, Walmart is advising consumers to cease use of the product immediately and follow recommendations in the voluntary Recall Notice for securing and returning the product to a Walmart store. 

This includes double bagging the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags and placing it in a small cardboard box

THE WHY? Manufactured in India, the CDC identified the contaminated spray following outbreaks of mysterious bacterial infections in four different states. 

Walmart stated, “We are committed to providing safe, high-quality products to our customers. Our sympathies go out to the four families that have been impacted by this situation. Customer safety is always a top priority and as part of the recall we proactively put plans in action to notify customers and prevent further product sales while federal agencies continue their investigation.”

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