* Decomposed bat found in “organic” spring mix
* Walmart pulls affected batch from its shelves
* Rabies treatment recommended for people who ate it
Doctors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working a joint effort along with the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find out how a dead bat ended up in a packaged salad purchased from a Walmart in Florida.
Two people in Florida ate the salad before noticing the bat. The decomposed bat was sent to the CDC rabies lab for testing, but because of the deteriorated condition, the CDC has not been able to definitively conclude whether this bat had rabies.
Rabies transmission by eating an infected animal is very uncommon because the virus does not survive very long outside of the infected animal. While the transmission risk for the people who may have eaten the “bat salad” is low, they have still been recommended to undergo post-exposure rabies treatment. So far, both people are in good health and have no signs of rabies.
Fresh Express issued a recall on April 8 for the affected cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix. The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern United States. They were sold in a clear container with a production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017. All of the remaining packages have been removed from store shelves.
If you think you got a bag of “bat salad,” do not eat it. Discard it immediately and call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.