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Dead Bat Found In Salad Sold At Walmart

| by Jonathan Constante

Fresh Express has issued a recall for a limited number of their packaged salads after a dead bat was allegedly found in one of their containers.

A limited number of cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which are sold in Walmart stores mostly in southern states, have been recalled after a dead bat was found in one package in Florida, WPVI reported.

"The recall was necessitated when Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad," Fresh Express said in a news release. "Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled.

"No other Marketside salads are included in the recall.  Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall.

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"Walmart acted quickly to remove the product from store shelves."

Officials said two people ate the contaminated salad before finding the bat in a "deteriorated condition" inside, The Huffington Post reported.

The two consumers are being monitored, and the carcass has been tested for rabies, according to a press release by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center noted that even if tested positive, transmission would be highly unlikely.

"Upon receiving notification, both Walmart and Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams, in close coordination with regulatory authorities, acted immediately to review all relevant records, launch an intensive investigation and initiate product removal and recall procedures," the news release stated. "Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed Good Agricultural Practices.  

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"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."

Fresh Express also listed the product details, as reported by PR News Wire:

- Organic Marketside Spring Mix - 5 oz. clear container

- Production Code of G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14 2017, located on the top label

- UPC Code of 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container next to the bar code

The company added that consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should dispose of it and not consume it. Full refunds are also available by calling the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Sources: WPVI, The Huffington Post, PR News Wire / Photo credit: Progressive Animal Welfare Society/Flickr

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