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A Recall Has Been Issued After A Deadly Infection Has Been Linked To A Room Spray From Walmart

A lot of times we will hear about botulism or salmonella outbreaks that spark food recalls.

This time there is a recall, but it’s on something that you might not think would ever be a problem.

Walmart has had to issue a recall on room spray, because the product in question is quite possibly contaminated with a deadly infection.

Did this make your ears perk up? It definitely did mine. I buy the heck out of some room sprays at Walmart!

In particular, they are talking about a room spray that is sold under the Better Homes and Gardens brand.

Listen up. If you purchased the Better Homes and Gardens Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, you may want to quit using it, and return it pronto.

About 4,000 bottles of the infected spray were sold in 55 Walmart stores between February and October 21st of this year.

These bottles of room spray were also sold online at the Walmart website, so check your supply!!


The recall includes five other scents of the Better Homes and Gardens Gem Room Spray: lemon and mandarin, lavender, peppermint, lime and eucalyptus, and sandalwood and vanilla.


What in the world is infecting these room sprays, you might be wondering.

Turns out, these room sprays are showing signs of “Burkholderia pseudomallei, the bacterium that causes melioidosis,” a sometimes fatal infection.

CDC/Oregon State Public Health Laboratory

There have only been four cases, but really, four is plenty enough to issue a quick recall!!

The four cases that have been detected in the United States occurred over a five-month period, from March to late July. Two of the infected people died, including a child. The cases occurred in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia, where a bottle of aromatherapy spray retrieved from the home of one of the fatal cases led to a break in the case.


This Burkholderia pseudomallei is usually found in the soil or water of specific regions, but NOT in the United States, where it is classified as a dangerous pathogen that can harm individuals.

You might expect to find Burkholderia pseudomallei in northern Australia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

The room sprays in question were manufactured, packaged, and shipped from India — part of South Asia.

So, if there is a question about one of the room sprays you purchased, better safe than sorry. STOP using it immediately and contact the Walmart where you purchased it.