ORLANDO, Fla. (WWSB) – Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support an investigation of a dead bat that was found in a packaged salad purchased from a grocery store in Florida.
The FDA reported that Fresh Express announced a precautionary recall of a limited number of cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix because a bat was found in the mix by two people in Florida.
The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the United States.
The item recalled is 5-ounce Organic Marketside Spring Mix marketed in a clear container with production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017 located on the front label, and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container.
All salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled.
Walmart acted quickly to remove the product from store shelves.
The CDC is supporting Florida local and state health officials in evaluating the people who found the bat in the salad. In this circumstance, the risk of rabies transmission is considered to be very low, but because it isn’t zero, the two people who ate salad from the package that contained the bat were recommended to begin post-exposure rabies treatment.
No other Marketside salads are included in the recall. Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall.
Consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should discard and not consume it. A full refund is available where purchased or by calling the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.