Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Recall after dead bat found in salad sold at Walmart

Recall after dead bat found in salad sold at Walmart

According to the CDC, two people in the state reported eating some of the salad before they found the bat. After lab testing, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not determine whether the bat had rabies.

The CDC notes that transmission of rabies through eating a rabid animal would be extremely unlikely.

On Saturday, Fresh Express issued a recall of a limited number of salads.

The salads were carried at the retailer's stores across the Southeastern region of the United States. All remaining packages of salad from the same lot have been removed from all store locations where the salad was sold.

Officials stressed that those who have eaten the recalled salad and didn't find animal material aren't at risk, and need not contact their health department. The product being recalled is in a 5-ounce, clear container with a "Best By" date of April 14, 2017.

The recall was necessitated when Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad.

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"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.

No other Marketside salads are included in the recall. Walmart has pulled the salad containers involved in the recall from their shelves.

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

For full refunds, consumers should return to the place of purchase or call Fresh Express toll-free at 800 242-5472.

On Sunday morning, "Fresh Express" was trending on Twitter, with a few users none too pleased about this distressing bit of news.

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