Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Dead bat in Fresh Express salad prompts recall

Dead bat in Fresh Express salad prompts recall

Fresh Express is recalling some of its prepackaged salad mix after a bat was found in a bag sold at a Walmart, according to Florida health officials. Two Florida residents reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found.

CDC said the deteriorated condition of the bat did not permit it to definitely rule out that the bat rabies. They are now evaluating the two people for the disease, although transmission by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon.

Fresh Express has recalled a packaged salad mix sold at Walmart stores in the southeastern US after a dead bat was found in containers of the leafy greens sold in Florida.

The batch of recalled salads went to Walmart stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. CDC is not aware of any other reports of bat material found in packaged salads. According to the CDC the people are fine and show no sign of contracting rabies.

As for the recalled product, it comes in a five-ounce, clear container. According to the same statements, it seems that only the Organic Marketside Spring Mix product is subjected to Fresh Express's voluntarily recall. Walmart has pulled the salad containers involved in the recall from their shelves. This is more than likely why the CDC put the risk of contracting rabies very low for the two consumers who ate the salad. In addition, a range of stringent controls are in place during growing and harvesting to mitigate against field material from entering the raw product system.

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