Bat reportedly found in packaged Fresh Express salad mix

Bat reportedly found in packaged Fresh Express salad mix

Fresh Express announced a recall of some of its prepackaged salad mixes, after two people in Florida say they found a dead bat in their leafy greens.

The two people who found the bat ate some of the salad before discovering the partially decayed animal in their food. They were recommended for post-exposure rabies treatment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.

The bat was sent to the CDC after it was found in a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix.

“The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies,” the Atlanta-based agency said.

The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The product was sold in a clear container with the production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017, on the front label and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 on the bottom of the container.

Consumers should not eat the product and should discard it, the announcement said.

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

The deadly rabies virus is endemic to bats across the U.S., but is rarely contracted by humans. And, as the CDC points out, transmission through consuming an infected animal is “extremely uncommon.” The agency adds that it hasn’t heard of any other cases of bat material found in packaged salads.

There have been no other reports of animal matter.

The Florida Department of Health, US Food and Drug Administration and CDC are part of the investigation into the dead bat.

“People who have eaten the recalled salad product and did not find animal material are not at risk and do not need to contact their health department,” the CDC advises.