As noted in an October 22nd Health Alert and press release, CDC identified Burkholderia pseudomallei in an aromatherapy room spray product. The Better Homes and Gardens-branded Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones “Lavender & Chamomile” scent was sold at a limited number of Walmart stores and online nationwide between February and October. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall alert. Of the almost 4,000 products sold, 225 of them were sold in Iowa.
Q: CDC guidance say to not throw away the bottle or dispose it myself. Why can’t I just throw it away?
A: The bacteria that causes melioidosis does not occur naturally here in the United States. It can also live for a very long time in soil, water, and probably even landfills. Because of this, it is safest to make sure the bottles are destroyed completely. People who may have this product in their homes are asked to return it to Walmart. Walmart is working with CDC to develop a plan to ensure the bottles will be safely handled and destroyed.