Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Recall issued after dead bat found in packaged salad sold in Florida

Precautionary recall of salads announced by Fresh Express Precautionary recall of salads announced by Fresh Express
Sammy Stanley | 10 April, 2017, 00:59

Partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are taking precautions with a bat found inside a package of Organic Marketside Spring Mix distributed by Fresh Express. The Herald reported that two people were eating the salad when they found the dead bat inside, but because of "the deteriorated condition of the bat", the CDC was unable to determine whether it had rabies.

However, officials said the virus does not survive long outside of an infected animal and transmission of rabies by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon.

On Saturday, Fresh Express issued a recall of the Organic Marketside spring mix that were sold in a clear plastic container. There have been no other reports of bat material found in packaged salads.

"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. According to the CDC the people are fine and show no sign of contracting rabies.

Consumers who may purchased the recalled product are asked to discard it. Walmart has pulled the salad containers involved in the recall from their shelves. Fresh Express, which produces and distributes the salad for Walmart, said no other Marketside salads are included in the recall. Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled. In manufacturing, additional controls including thorough washing and filtration systems as well as visual inspections that are created to eliminate unwanted debris.

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