Walmart has recalled a room spray because of two deaths that were linked to the product. The company says there is no evidence that any other Walmart products may be affected by this bacteria, but they are taking precautionary measures until it can be fully investigated and resolved.
Walmart is recalling room spray marketed nationally due to the presence of a “rare and hazardous” bacterium related to two fatalities, one of which was a kid, according to federal officials.
According to a recall notice issued by the Consumer Protection Safety Commission on Friday, the shop sold roughly 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six distinct aromas.
The CDC examined a sample of the product this week and discovered that it contained the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes melioidosis, a rare but dangerous illness with just a few instances recorded each year in the United States.
The recall comes two months after the Centers for Illness Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning that the bacterial disease had caused two fatalities and advised physicians to be on the lookout for new instances.
The recalled spray should not be used or even opened, according to the FDA. Instead, customers should put on gloves and double wrap the bottles in zip-top transparent resealable bags before placing them in a small cardboard box and returning them to a Walmart store for a refund. Customers who return the merchandise will get a $20 Walmart gift card as well.
Wipe off or wash any surfaces or textiles that may have been sprayed with the substance.
From February through October, the five-ounce glass bottles of room spray, which retailed for around $4 apiece, were sold at roughly 55 Walmart locations and online.
Walmart has issued a recall for six different aromatherapy room spray smells. Consumer Product Safety Commission of the United States
Walmart has discontinued the following perfumes and product numbers, which were created in India and offered with a pump spray nozzle:
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile 84140411420
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin 84140411421
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender 84140411422
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint 84140411423
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus 84140411424
- Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla, 84140411425
Melioidosis is most often seen in persons who reside in or have been to locations where the bacterium is naturally found, such as portions of Asia and Australia, as well as Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico on rare occasions. According to the CDC, it produces a broad variety of symptoms that might be mistaken for other common diseases such as the flu or a cold.
According to the CDC, the bacterium identified in the bottles is the same sort that affected four individuals earlier this year, with one of the recalled sprays discovered on October 6 at the house of a Georgia resident who was diagnosed with melioidosis in late July. The CDC stated in a statement on Friday that it is performing testing to see whether the genetic fingerprint of the bacterium in the bottle matches that of three other patients.
Dr. Inger Damon, head of the CDC’s division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, which handles melioidosis, said in a statement, “Our hearts go out to the families who have been devastated by this scenario.” “Our researchers have been working nonstop to determine the cause of the melioidosis infections in these individuals. We believe that our research may aid in the protection of those who may have been exposed to this spray.”
The US Department of Defense gave the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Life Sciences a $3 million contract in June to produce a vaccine for melioidosis, which experts fear might pose a bioterrorism danger.
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