On Saturday, Fresh Express began recalling its organic salad packages from Walmart stores across the southeastern United States after a decomposed bat was found in a salad in Florida.
According to the recall notice, “extraneous animal matter” was found in a single five-ounce container of Organic Marketside Spring Mix.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a more detailed statement on the incident:
“Two people in Florida reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found. The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies.”
The corpse of the bat was handed over to federal government officials who will test it for the rabies virus. So far, the two people who ate the contaminated salad appear to be healthy.
A Fresh Express spokesperson told The Washington Post, following the incident:
“Immediately upon notification of the event, Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams worked in close coordination with Walmart and regulatory authorities to launch an intensive investigation. Based on all available evidence, we are confident this is an isolated incident.”
The Florida Walmart store in which the bat-infused salad was found has not been identified.
H/T: The Washington Post
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