Couple Find Dead Bat In Their Salad Mix

A customer in Florida bought a bag of Fresh Express salad mix at his local Wal-Mart. The man and his wife served and ate a salad from the bag before they noticed there was a dead bat in the package.

Since the report earlier in April, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) got involved and the manufacturer has taken all the proper steps, including issuing a recall for the product.

Note that the dead bat was found in a packaged of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix.

After the Florida resident saw the dead bat in their package of spring mix greens, they sent the corpse to CDC headquarters.

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

The CDC also pointed out that the risk of the bat transmitting rabies was very low, but getting protective rabies vaccinations might be a good idea for anyone who ate the contaminated salad mix.

Fresh Express has issued a recall of all their products sold at Walmart stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

The recalled Fresh Express salad products have a production code of G089B19. The best-if-used-by date is April 14, 2017. The UPC code is 6 8113132897 5.

If you are a resident of these states and you shop for groceries at Walmart, you should double-check to see if you have a recalled bag of salad mix.

“The recall was necessitated when 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,” the CDC noted in a statement.

Fresh Express also published a statement: “Upon receiving notification, both Walmart and Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams, in close coordination with regulatory authorities, acted immediately to review all relevant records, launch an intensive investigation and initiate product removal and recall procedures.”

Source: AWM
Photos: AWM

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