Out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Express has decided to voluntarily recall all Organic Marketside Spring Mix, a salad mix commonly found in Wal-Mart supermarkets, after two customers reported find the putrefied remains of a bat in their pre-packaged salad.
On Saturday, a spokesperson for Fresh Express declared that the company has decided to recall all Organic Marketside Spring Mix products, following a complained filed by two customers who allegedly found a dead bat inside their salad.
Although this was a singular event, Fresh Express, whose dedicated to bringing only the freshest and healthiest products to their customers, has decided to pull all products from the Spring Mix variety off the market. According to the same statements, it seems that only the Organic Marketside Spring Mix product is subjected to Fresh Express’s voluntarily recall.
The reason why Fresh Express’s products are pulled off the shelves is a most peculiar one. According to the same company representative, a few days ago, two customers filed a complaint after discovering that their salad mix contained more than salad.
Upon opening the tightly sealed package, the customer found a dead bat. Moreover, it appears that the flying rodent must have stayed them for quite some time because, according to the customers, its body was in an advanced stage of decomposition.
After reporting the incident to the company, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention was called in to assess the situation and to take the dead bat to the lab for further analysis. According to a CDC spokesperson, the lab workers could not determine if the bat was infected with rabies or not because its body was too badly decomposed.
However, the CDC recommended the customers who found the dead bat in the salad bag to report to the nearest medical center to receive treatment for the condition.
In light of the recent events, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to remind the public that a great portion of the US bat population carries the deadly forms of rabies. However, the disease rarely jumps into a human host. As for getting infected with rabies after consuming bat-infected meat, the health specialists declared that it’s highly unlikely.
But, if you recently got into contact with a bat, it’s better to head to the nearest medical center for a quick consult. As for the Fresh Express salad mix, you can contact the company and ask if you can get a refund.
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