Walmart recalls room spray due to rare and dangerous bacteria


WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLKN) – U.S. Health officials believe they may have figured out why four people in different states came down with the same serious tropical disease, melioidosis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that investigators found the same type of bacteria that causes the disease, melioidosis, in a spray bottle found in the Georgia patient’s home.

The four people were from Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas.  Two of the people, one a child, died.

In response, Walmart is recalling about 3,900 bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded- Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents due to the possible presence of a rare and dangerous bacteria and risk of serious injury and death.  These spays were sold in local Lincoln Walmart stores and have been removed from the shelves.  People are urged to return the sprays as soon as possible.

The aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at from February 2021 through October 2021 for about $4.

“Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy,” is printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle. The aromatherapy was sold with a pump spray nozzle in the following scents and product numbers:

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

Instructions to return your recalled product: 

Customers will also receive a $20 Walmart Gift Card upon return.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled room spray, double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top resealable bags, place it in a small cardboard box and return it to any Walmart store for a full refund. Do not open the bottle. Do not attempt to throw away or dispose of the bottle.

When handling the product or cleaning contaminated surfaces, please follow the CDC guidance below.

Additional information can be found on the CDC or CPSC websites.

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