(NEXSTAR) – Walmart is taking steps to notify its online and in-store shoppers who may have purchased a room spray possibly linked to a deadly bacterial infection.
On Tuesday, Walmart issued a press release detailing its efforts to e-mail, send letters and call customers who may have purchased the recalled products, which include six different aromatherapy room spray scents infused with Better Homes & Gardens essential oils with gemstones. The company said it began contacting buyers on Oct. 22, after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that a bottle of the lavender and chamomile-scented spray contained bacteria known to cause melioidosisa life-threatening disease mainly seen in tropical climates.
The CDC is currently investigating four cases of melioidosis possibly linked to the recalled products. Two of the four patients, including a child, died.
“We are committed to providing safe, 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 are proactively implementing plans to notify 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 said Tuesday, however, that the recalled products were available at “approximately 55 stores” across the country. It was also sold online.
The company shared a full list of Walmart stores that had sold the room spraywhich were located in the following 18 states:
- New Mexico
- Caroline from the south
The CDC’s investigation of the melioidosis case cluster is in progress.
In addition to recalling the products and removing them from sale, Walmart is urging customers who purchased the room sprays to return their bottles to Walmart, double-wrapped in zip-lock bags and packed 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 is also alerting anyone who has used the spray to clean linens or surfaces the products had been used. People with possible symptoms of melioidosis, or those who believe they have been exposed to the product within the past seven days, are urged to seek medical attention.