When consumers buy products in a store or through online shopping, they tend to assume that the products have been tested and shown to be safe. Sometimes, manufacturers release products that can harm consumers, even when the product is used as intended. Walmart has issued a recall for an aromatherapy spray sold under the Better Homes and Gardens brand. This spray can be contaminated with a very harmful type of bacteria.
Reasons behind the recall
The Better Homes and Gardens room spray was sold at Walmart stores nationwide and was also available for purchase on their website. At least two deaths have been linked to the use of the spray. After running some tests on samples of the product, the CDC found a harmful bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei, which can cause a condition known as melioidosis.
The room spray was available in several scents. Anyone who has purchased this product is encouraged to follow a certain safety protocol. This includes cleaning surfaces, bedding, and clothing that may have come into contact with the spray. The Consumer Product Safety Commission website has specific information on how to properly clean after using this product and what to do with unused room spray.
Legal remedies related to harmful products
Manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility to provide safe products for consumers. When someone is injured or passes away due to the use of an unsafe product, the victim or surviving family members may have cause to pursue a civil suit against those responsible for making or distributing the product. Product liability cases can be challenging. It’s important to seek legal advice from an experienced Oklahoma attorney to understand the options in pursuing a personal injury case related to the use of a defective product.