Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Salad Sold At Walmart Recalled After Consumers Found Dead Bat In Bag

Salad Sold At Walmart Recalled After Consumers Found Dead Bat In Bag

Wal-Mart is recalling packaged salad mixes made by Fresh Express after a dead bat was found inside a box labeled as Organic Marketside Spring Mix, the Miami Herald reported. The people who ate the affected salad are being monitored, but are now in good health without any signs of rabies, the CDC said.

After reporting the incident to the company, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was called in to assess the situation and to take the dead bat to the lab for further analysis.

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

These salads went to Walmart stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia as well as Florida. All of the remaining packages of salad from the same lot have been pulled from store shelves.

Although the CDC considers the risk very low, the two people who ate the salad were recommended to start post-exposure rabies treatment. According to the CDC the people are fine and show no sign of contracting rabies.

No other products are affected by the recall. The Best By date is April 14, 2017 with production code G089B19.

"Upon receiving notification, both Walmart and Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams, in close coordination with regulatory authorities, acted immediately to review all relevant records, launch an intensive investigation and initiate product removal and recall procedures", Fresh Express said.

According to the report from NPR News, the recall of the salad batch was announced on Saturday. According to the same statements, it seems that only the Organic Marketside Spring Mix product is subjected to Fresh Express's voluntarily recall.

The products were sold exclusively at Walmart stores in the Southeast.

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