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Dead bat found in bag of Fresh Express organic salad sold at Walmart

By Mason White 12:30 PM April 10, 2017
Bat (illustration)
Bat (illustration)
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) Consumers freaked out after learning that a dead bat was found inside a bag of organic salad that was sold at Walmart.

Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support an investigation of a dead bat that was found in a packaged salad purchased from a Walmart in Florida.

Two people in Florida, reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found.

The bat was sent to the CDC rabies lab for laboratory testing because bats in the United States, sometimes have been found to have this disease.

The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies.

Transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal.

CDC is supporting health officials in evaluating the people who found the bat in the salad.

In this circumstance, the risk of rabies transmission is considered to be very low, but because it isn’t zero, the two people who ate salad from the package that contained the bat were recommended to begin post-exposure rabies treatment.

Both people report being in good health and neither has any signs of rabies. Fresh Express announced a precautionary recall of a limited number of cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix.

The item subject to the recall is the 5 ounce Organic Marketside Spring Mix marketed in a clear container with production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017 located on the front label, and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container.

The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the United States.

The recall was launched after Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad.

Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled. No other Marketside salads are included in the recall.

Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall. Walmart acted quickly to remove the product from store shelves.