This ended up as a case for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because bats can carry rabies. The deteriorated condition of the bat did not allow for CDC to definitively rule out whether this bat had rabies.
Officials stressed that those who have eaten the recalled salad and didn't find animal material aren't at risk, and need not contact their health department.
The recalled salads were sold at Walmart stores across the Southeastern region of the United States. Both people report being in good health and neither has any signs of rabies. The production code was G089B19 and it had a best-if-used-by-date of April 14 on the front label. It also has the UPC code 6 8113132897 5 on the bottom of the container.
Although this was a singular event, Fresh Express, whose dedicated to bringing only the freshest and healthiest products to their customers, has chose to pull all products from the Spring Mix variety off the market.
No other Marketside salads are included in the recall.
The company says the Organic Marketside Spring Mix was only distributed to Walmart stores in the Southeast.
The dead bat is alleged to have been found in a bag of Fresh Express Organic Marketside Spring Mix. Walmart has already removed the product from stores shelves. Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall.
No other products are affected by the recall.
An investigation into the matter is underway by the FDA and CDC in tandem.
Although the possibility of rabies transmission was extremely low, it is not nil. "CDC recommends that anyone who ate the recalled salad product and found animal material in it contact their health department for evaluation". Worldwide 300,000 people die from rabies every year and most contract the rabies via a rabid dog.