Fresh Express has recalled its pre-packaged Organic Marketside Spring Mix from stores across the Southeast after a dead bat was reportedly found in a salad sold at a Walmart in Florida.
Two people discovered the dead bat in a package they had purchased here in Florida. The bat has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for testing to determine if it had rabies.
The CDC said transmission of rabies by eating an infected animal is "extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal". No other Marketside salads are under the recall, and this recall is being done as a precaution. Both report good health so far, according to the CDC. The CDC recommends that anyone who ate the recalled salad product and found animal material in it contact their health department. The salads were sold in a clear container with production code G089B19 and a best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017 located on the front label.
The recall was necessitated when Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad.
Consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should throw it away and not eat it.
The FDA said Walmart and Fresh Express deployed food safety and rapid response teams upon receiving notification of the bat and began working with regulatory authorities to launch "an intensive investigation" of the incident. The product was distributed "exclusively to Walmart stores".