Aromatherapy Room Spray Recalled

lavender oil recall

The CDC found a deadly bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the disease melioidosis in a spray called “Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones.” So far, four patients have been identified in Georgia, Kansas, Texas and Minnesota. Two of those patients have died.  The sprays were sold at Walmart between February and October of 2021. The store has pulled them from the shelves, the manufacturer has issued a recall on this and five other scented sprays that might be contaminated, including:

  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
  • Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

If you have this spray at home, the CDC recommends the following:

  1. Stop using this product immediately. Do not open the bottle. Do not throw away or dispose of the bottle in the regular trash.
  2. Double bag the bottle in clean, clear zip-top bags and place in a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.
  3. Wash sheets or linens that the product may have been sprayed on using normal laundry detergent and dry completely in a hot dryer; bleach can be used if desired.
  4. Wipe down counters and surfaces that might have the spray on them with undiluted Pine-Sol or similar disinfectant.
  5. Limit how much you handle the spray bottle and wash hands thoroughly after touching the bottle or linens. If you used gloves, wash hands afterward.
  6. If you have used the product within the past 21 days and have fever or other melioidosis symptoms, seek medical care and tell your doctor you were exposed to the spray. If you do not have symptoms but were exposed to the product in the last 7 days, your doctor may recommend that you get antibiotics (post-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent infection.

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