After two deaths were reported, Walmart issues an emergency recall
By: April Carson
Naturally, most of the recalls we write about have to do with food. A relatively unusual Walmart recall occurred recently, which differs from typical recalls in one key respect: it involves a popular consumer product sold at the shop.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for Better Homes and Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, which was released a few days ago. The recall is due to the potential presence of dangerous germs that might be deadly in some cases.
The spray subject to the Walmart recall
Walmart is recalling nearly 4,000 5-ounce bottles of Better Homes and Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones, according to the CPSC. All told, the product was accessible in about 55 Walmart outlets across the United States. It was also available for purchase through online shopping. The CPSC notes that the product was made available for sale between June 11 and July 13, 2018.
The recall also includes the date range in which customers could buy the potentially dangerous product.
The specific reason for the recall concerns potential microbial dangers associated with gemstones bundled inside the recalled aromatherapy products. Walmart has urged customers who purchased any room spray to return it immediately to the store in question for a full refund. In total, up to 2,100 units of the recalled products could be affected by the recall. Walmart has not received any reports of illness or injury resulting from customers using these room sprays.
However, it is important that all customers carefully check their homes for the product and immediately return it if they find it.
"We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this recall may cause our customers," said a representative for Walmart in an official statement on the matter. "The health and safety of those who shop at Walmart is always our top priority."
The following is a list of the product numbers affected by the recall:
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
Two people may have died as a result of the dangerous bacteria
According to the CDC, the germs in the bottles are Burkholderia pseudomallei. Meliodosis is a disease caused by this bacteria. Whitmore's disease is another name for melioidosis. The following are some of the symptoms that may be associated with melioidosis: fever, sores, cough, chest pain, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pneumonia, and skin ulcers.
The CPSC writes:
CDC has been investigating a cluster of four confirmed cases of melioidosis including two deaths in the U.S. Though the source of these four infections has not been confirmed by CDC, the bottle with the same type of bacteria was found in the home of one of the melioidosis decedents.
If you have the defective product, what should you do?
If you have the product in your hands, the CDC urges you to cease using it right away. Consumers should not, however, throw the product away. Instead, they should double bag the bottle in a transparent resealable bag and then return it to a Walmart store.
Furthermore, if you used the product on sheets or bedclothes, you should wash them as soon as possible. Furthermore, the CDC advises consumers to "wipe down counters and surfaces that may have been exposed to the spray with an undiluted disinfectant cleaner."
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April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on bossbabymav.com
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