One of the products sold in Walmart as their specific brand, according to their statement, contained a rare bacteria, which already caused two deaths!
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The incident is currently being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Roughly 3,900 bottles of six scents of the company’s Better Homes & Gardens Gem Room Spray are being recalled.
According to WJXT-TV, The following product numbers and scents may contain a bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei, a bacteria which causes melioidosis, which typically shows up in humans as a lung or bloodstream infection:
* 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
“CDC has been testing blood samples from the patients, as well as soil, water, and consumer products from in and around the four patients’ homes since the agency began receiving samples in May,” CDC stated.
“A sample of the Better Homes & Gardens spray tested positive this week. The genetic fingerprint of the bacteria that sickened the four patients is similar to that of strains usually found in South Asia; the aromatherapy spray was made in India. 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.”
“For consumers who do own the product, there is a series of steps they are advised to take to safely remove the spray and its traces,” according to the CDC.
“Consumers are urged not to throw away the product, as the hazardous bacteria would still be a threat.
Instead, they should double-bag the product with two clear resealable bags, place the bagged spray into a cardboard box and return it to a Walmart location.
When handling the product, it is strongly recommended that gloves be worn to avoid contamination.
Other cleaning measures include washing sheets and towels the oil was sprayed on with hot water and drying them fully, and disinfecting any other surfaces that the spray may have been used on.”
Those who do return the essential oil spray will receive a $20 Walmart gift card as a refund and are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms if they ever used the product.