Yes, you read that right. Dead bat was found in a bag of salad. Fresh Express, the maker of the packaged salads recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Walmart stores in the Southeastern United States Saturday. The dead bat was found in a Florida store. In addition to Florida, the salads went to Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it’s working with the FDA and the Florida Department of Health to investigate the situation, even though there is minimal risk of rabies contamination.
“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.”
As for the recalled salad, it comes in a five-ounce, clear bag. The best-by date is April 14, 2017, with production code G089B19. Customers can toss it or return it to the Walmart of purchase. Those with questions can call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center 800-242-5472 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.