Walmart recalls air freshener bottles after two fatalities

Walmart recalls air freshener bottles after two fatalities
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An air freshener product line carried by Walmart will no longer be sold at the store following reports of a dangerous bacteria that left two dead.

Walmart has attempted to contact over 2,000 customers who purchased Better Homes & Gardens aromatherapy room spray and asked them to stop using the product immediately and return it. The corporation also pulled 3,900 bottles of the product from about 55 stores on Friday due to the bottles potentially containing the rare bacteria.

"Our sympathies go out to the four families that have been impacted by this situation," Walmart wrote on its website. "Customer safety is always a top priority and as part of the recall we proactively put plans in action to notify customers and prevent further product sales while federal agencies continue their investigation.”

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tested a version of the product and found a dangerous bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei, which can cause melioidosis. Six cases of melioidosis were reported from customers who had bought the product since February 2021, leading to two deaths, including the death of a child, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.

Melioidosis, also known as Whitmore’s Disease, is typically found in tropical climates, such as Southeast Asia and northern Australia. The disease can be transmitted by inhaling contaminated dust or water droplets. Symptoms include fever, chest pains, coughing, and headache, according to the CDC.

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To return the product, Walmart asks customers to double-bag the bottle in a clean, clear zip-top resealable bag and place it in a small cardboard box. The store will also provide a full refund and offer a $20 gift card upon return of the product.

The company has listed each of the stores that sold the product on its website.

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Original Author: Asher Notheis

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