Decomposed bat found inside package of salad: officials confirm
Fresh Express is recalling a limited number of units of Organic Marketside Spring Mix, after two consumers in Florida discovered the remains of a decomposed bat inside a package of the salad.
Announcing the recall, Fresh Express only said that some “extraneous animal matter” was discovered by two customers in a 5-ounce container of the salad. Later, authorities revealed that it was a badly decomposed a Mexican free-tailed bat.
The bat was sent to a lab of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for rabies testing as the animal can sometimes carry the devastating disease. Officials said that the bat was so badly decomposed that it couldn’t be determined whether it had rabies.
Florida health officials evaluated the two consumers who ate the salad from the package in which the decomposed bat was found. None of them exhibited any signs of the disease of rabies.
Officials said in a statement, “In this circumstance, the risk of rabies transmission is considered to be very low, but because it isn’t zero, the two people who ate salad from the package that contained the bat were recommended to begin post-exposure rabies treatment.”
The product being recalled by the company is marketed in a clear container with production code G089B19, best-used-by date of April 14, 2017, and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 on the bottom of the container.