One of Walmart’s suppliers has issued a massive recall on premade salads after customers reported finding a dead bat inside one of their salads.
According to reports, Fresh Express issued a recall of its packaged Organic Marketside Spring Mix from Walmart in the southeastern U.S.
Any salad with the G089B19 code and a best-if-sold by date of April 14 has been officially recalled by the company.
The CDC has announced that they will be investigating the incident.
“Two people in Florida reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found,” the CDC said.
“The bat was sent to the CDC rabies lab for laboratory testing because bats in the United States sometimes have been found to have this disease. The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies,” the statement continued.
The CDC reassured consumers that it is very unlikely that they will contract rabies if they ate the salad.
“Transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon, and the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal,” the statement explained.
Fresh Express issued the following statement:
“Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed Good Agricultural Practices,” the company said.
“In addition, a range of stringent controls are in place during growing and harvesting to mitigate against field material from entering the raw product system. In manufacturing, additional controls including thorough washing and filtration systems as well as visual inspections that are designed to eliminate unwanted debris,” the statement concluded.