Walmart is recalling an essential oil-infused aromatherapy room spray after tests conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the spray contained a rare and dangerous bacteria.

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The company is recalling approximately 3,900 bottles of Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Room Spray in six different fragrances.


The CDC tested a version of the product and determined it contained a deadly bacteria called Burkholderia pseudomallei that can cause melioidosis, a bacterial infection that can affect both people and animals.

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The CDC is investigating four cases of melioidosis in the US, including two deaths. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, cases were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia and included the death of a child.

Room Spray was sold at approximately 55 Walmart locations nationwide and online From February 2021 to October 2021. “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy” is printed on the label.

Melioidosis is commonly found in tropical climates, including Southeast Asia, and is frequently reported in other parts of Central Asia.

Since there are several types of melioidosis, infections can range from mild to severe. Less severe symptoms can include fever, abscesses and sores while more severe infections can lead to seizures and infections in the central nervous system or brain.

The disease is difficult to diagnose because it is rare and can infect any organ and can be mistaken for other diseases, including tuberculosis or pneumonia.

The CDC is advising consumers to stop using room spray immediately and not to attempt to open the bottle or throw it away.

The CDC advises, “Place the bottle in a clean, clear zip-top resealable bag with double bags and a small cardboard box. Return the bagged and boxed product to a Walmart store.”

According to the CDC, consumers who have used the spray should also wash sheets or linens that have been sprayed with the product immediately and wipe down counters and surfaces exposed to the spray.

Read the list of the following recalled fragrances and their product numbers here:

  • 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 & Vanilla

According to the retailer, customers who return their products to Walmart will receive a $20 Walmart gift card upon return.