Precautionary recall of salads announced by Fresh Express

A Walmart spokesperson didn't say in which store the bat was found, but said that as soon as the company learned of the incident, it told all stores selling salad from that batch to pull it off the shelves.

In light of the recent events, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to remind the public that a great portion of the USA bat population carries the deadly forms of rabies. The two people were recommended for treatment for rabies.

Due to the animal's decayed condition, the CDC couldn't immediately rule out whether this particular bat carried rabies.

"Consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should discard and not consume it", the CDC said.

The salad that is recalled has the production code G089B19 and a best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017 on the front label of the container.

The bat was too deteriorated to be tested, officials said. There are no other Marketside salads that are involved in this recall.

But, if you recently got into contact with a bat, it's better to head to the nearest medical center for a quick consult.

"Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the prescribed Good Agricultural Practices", said the company in a statement.

After lab testing, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not determine whether the bat in the salad had rabies. However, it stated that the chances of rabies transmission are extremely low but no zero. The discovery has also led to a recall of some cases of the packaged salad. The CDC does recommend that anyone who ate the recalled salad and found animal material should contact the health department for evaluation. There haven't been other reports of animal matter.

The deadly rabies virus is endemic to bats across the US, but is rarely contracted by humans.

  • Patricia Jimenez