Dead Bat Found In Walmart Packaged Salad Prompts Massive Recall

Published April 10, 2017
Updated December 20, 2017
Published April 10, 2017
Updated December 20, 2017

Health experts advised people who ate the salad to assume they have been exposed to rabies.



If you’re craving a salad, you might want to get your lettuce from somewhere other than Walmart.

On Saturday, Fresh Express — a Walmart grocery — recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix from southeastern U.S. stores due to an unexpected addition in one of its bags: a dead bat.

In the recall notice, the food vendor reported that “extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, had more to say about the incident.

“Two people in Florida reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found,” the CDC wrote on its website.

“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.”

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the consumption of food that has been touched by bat parts can result in rabies. Still, it notes that the risk of contamination is quite low.

As for the hapless individuals who got bat with their greens, the CDC advised that they assume they had been exposed to rabies and begin treatment. According to the CDC, both people report good health so far.

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