The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating the recall of a salad product distributed to Walmart stores, after two people in Florida found a deteriorated bat in one of the packages.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put out a “limited recall” on the Organic Marketside Spring Mix 5-ounce salad packages by Fresh Express, with production code G089B19, and a “Best By” date of Apr. 14, 2017. Two people in Florida reported finding “extraneous animal matter” in a single package. No one else has made a similar complaint as of Sunday, but Walmart stores quickly took down the products as a precautionary measure.
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The CDC sent the dead bat and the package to a laboratory for rabies testing. They noted that the disease is uncommon in the U.S., but testing needs to be done to rule out any possibilities. The people that found the dead mammal had already eaten some of the salad prior to discovering it.
“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.”
Anyone who already purchased a Spring Mix 5-ounce salad should not consume it. For refund information, contact the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.
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