CDC assisting investigation after dead bat found in salad at Florida Walmart

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Fresh Express chose to recall all Organic Marketside Salad Mix products after two customers found a deceased bat inside their salad.

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". Their risk of contracting rabies is low, but not zero, the CDC says. After lab testing, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not determine whether the bat had rabies.

The dead bat was found inside a container of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix in Florida.

The recalled item is their 5 ounce Organic Marketside Spring Mix in a clear container with the production code G089B19 and a best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017 located on the front label, with with UPC code 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container.

If you have the recalled salad and notice any animal matter inside, you're asked to contact your local health department immediately.

On Saturday, the company Fresh Express announced a precautionary recall of some of its prepackaged salad mixes, after two people in Florida say they found a dead bat in their leafy greens. Both people report being in good health and neither has any signs of rabies.

The recalled salads were sold at Walmart stores across the Southeastern region of the United States. Those with any questions can call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center 1-800-242-5472 from 8 7 p.m. All products were removed from store shelves. However, anyone who has purchased it should still discard it for safety's sake.



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