A massive recall was issued for a popular salad mix after two people in Florida found a decomposed bat hiding in greens purchased at Walmart.
According to The Telegraph, Fresh Express recalled its packaged Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Walmart stores throughout the southeast U.S. after the discovery. The salad comes in a five-ounce plastic container and has a code of G089B19. The salad also has a best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017.
Now the CDC is working with Fresh Express to investigate the incident.
“Two people in Florida reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found,” the CDC said.
“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,” the statement continued.
However, the CDC did say that there is a very low chance of rabies contamination.
“Transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal,” the statement explained.
In a news release, Fresh Express attempted to put customers at ease.
“Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed Good Agricultural Practices,” the company said.
“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. In manufacturing, additional controls including thorough washing and filtration systems as well as visual inspections that are designed to eliminate unwanted debris,” the statement concluded.
If you have a recalled salad sitting in the refrigerator, throw it out and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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