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'Bat material' in salads sold at Walmart leads to recall

Walmart stores in the southeastern United States are recalling certain packages of Organic Marketside Spring Mix after a Florida resident found a bat in their salad. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Walmart stores in the southeastern United States are recalling certain packages of Organic Marketside Spring Mix after a Florida resident found a bat in their salad.

According to the recall statement issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two people found the dead bat in a packaged salad. Both people eating the salad reported eating some of the salad before the bat was found.

The CDC states due to the deteriorated state of the bat, it could not be ruled out that the bat had rabies. The transmission of rabies by eating the bat material is uncommon and the CDC says there have been no other reports of bat material found in packaged salads.

The recall affects Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix salads sold in clear containers with the production code G089B19 and a best-if-used date of April 14, 2017. The salads were distributed to Walmart stores in the southeast region.

Anyone with the salad in their homes should discard the package and call 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.

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