Panama City, FL –
(NEXSTAR) – Walmart is taking action to educate its online and in-store shoppers who may have purchased a room spray possibly related to a fatal bacterial infection.
Walmart issued a press release on Tuesday detailing its efforts to send emails, send letters and call clients who may have purchased the recalled products, which include six different scents of Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Spray with Gemstones. The company said it began contacting buyers on October 22, after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that a bottle of lavender and chamomile scented spray contained bacteria known to cause melioidosis, a potentially fatal disease primarily seen in tropical climates.
The CDC is currently investigating four cases of melioidosis possibly related to the recalled products. Two of the four patients, including a child, died.
“We are committed to providing safe and high quality products to our customers,” read a statement released by Walmart on Tuesday. “Our sympathies go out to the four families who have been affected by this situation. Customer safety is always a top priority and as part of the recall, we have proactively implemented plans to educate customers and prevent further product sales while federal agencies continue their investigation. “
These four confirmed cases of melioidosis were reported in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas and Georgia. Walmart, however, said on Tuesday that the recalled products were available in “about 55 stores” across the country. It has also been sold online.
The company shared a full list of Walmart stores that had sold the room sprayer, which were located in the following 18 states:
- New Mexico
- Caroline from the south
The CDC’s investigation into cluster of melioidosis cases is in progress.
In addition to recalling the products and removing them from sale, Walmart is urging customers who have purchased the room sprays to return their bottles to Walmart, double-wrapped in zippered bags and packaged in a cardboard box. Those who return their room sprays to Walmart will receive a $ 20 gift card, along with a full refund.
The CDC also alerts anyone who has used the spray clean sheets or surfaces the products had been used. People with possible symptoms of melioidosis or those who thought they had been exposed to the product within the past seven days are advised to seek medical attention.
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