Six scents of Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil-Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones sold at Walmart stores are being recalled after health officials found the pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei in a bottle collected from one of the people sickened in a deadly melioidosis outbreak.

Aromatherapy Melioidosis Lawsuit

Our lawyers represent people harmed by pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria and viruses) introduced into the body by the wrongful conduct of a company or an individual. Our bacteria disease legal team believes this is likely what happened in the production of the defective and contaminated aromatherapy room spray when manufactured in India.  We have developed a wealth of experience and scientific knowledge in these types of cases and it has allowed us to achieve excellent results for our clients.

If you or a family member contracted melioidosis (also called Whitmore’s disease), contact our legal team today.


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What is Melioidosis?

Melioidosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei.  Infection usually occurs when contaminated dust or water droplets are inhaled or ingested. Direct human to human transmission is rare. Between 10 percent and 50 percent of cases are fatal.

Meliadosis is rare in the U.S.. Nationwide, only 12 cases on average are reported annually, primarily among travelers to or visitors from south Asia or northern Australia where the disease is widespread. The only places the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria is found naturally in U.S. territory is in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Better Homes & Gardens Essential Oil-Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones was made in India.

2021 Melioidosis Outbreak From Walmart Aromatherapy Spray

An ongoing Burkholderia pseudomallei melioidosis outbreak is known to include four people in four states, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas in 2021. The illnesses were reported between March 2021 and July 2021. Two people have died. It is possible that there are more people that have been sickened, but not yet identified as part of this outbreak.

The CDC confirmed on October 26 that the bacteria in a bottle of the spray collected from the Georgia patient’s home genetically matches the bacterial strains from all four patients.

Consumers who have purchased this product should stop using it immediately and follow special directions for proper disposal.

Walmart Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Spray Recall

Better Homes & Gardens Aromatherapy Spray Recall

On October 22, Walmart issued a recall for 3,900 bottles of Better Homes & Gardens-branded- Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones in six different scents. The sprays were manufactured by Flora Classique Inc. and sold under the Better Homes & Gardens brand at 55 Walmart stores and at walmart.com.

Recalled Aromatherapy Sprays

  • 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

Walmart Stores that Sold Recalled Aromatherapy Spray

The 56 store locations are in 18 states:

  • Alabama – Cullman, Florence, Oxford, and Tuscaloosa
  • Colorado – Grand Junction
  • Florida -Ocoee, Orlando, Sanford, and Valrico
  • Georgia – Calhoun
  • Iowa –  Ames, Ankeny, Mason City, Waterloo
  • Illinois –  Galesburg, Pekin, Quincy,
  • Indiana – Burkhardt Rd.,  Evansville and S. Red Bank Road, Evansville
  • Kansas – Hays, Hutchinson, Olathe, and Wichita
  • Michigan – Mount Pleasant
  • Missouri – Bridgeton, Hannibal, and St. Charles
  • New Mexico –  Albuquerque, Clovis, and Farmington
  • Ohio –  Bellefontaine, Sidney and Xenia
  • Oklahoma – Choctaw, Duncan, Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Sand Springs, and Tulsa
  • South Carolina – Sumter
  • Tennessee – Kimball
  • Texas – Amarillo, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lake Worth, Lubbock (2 locations), North Richland, Sherman, Wichita Falls
  • Utah – Cedar City, Washington
  • Wisconsin –  Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Richland Center, and Superior

Actions to Take If You Bought This Spray

The CDC wants consumers who have purchased this product to take specific precautions to clean all surfaces and fabric the product may have contacted. The agency recommends that consumers:

  • Stop use immediately.
  • Limit your contact with the bottle as you double-bag the product in Ziploc bags and place it in a small cardboard box and return it to a Walmart store. Do not throw it away in the regular trash.
  • Wash all sheets and linens that were sprayed with the product. Wash your hands after handling them. Dry these items completely in a hot dryer.
  • Use undiluted Pine-Sol or a similar disinfectant to wipe down all counters and surfaces that might have the spray on them. Wash your hands after this process.
  • If you have used the product in the last three weeks and have a fever or other symptoms see a doctor right away.

Symptoms of Melioidosis

Symptoms of melioidosis (a Burkholderia pseudomallei infection) include:

  • Localized pain or swelling
  • Fever
  • Ulcers, abscesses
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Weight loss

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