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Salad recalled after bat found in bag

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Lucy Beni via AP

Out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Express has chose 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. Both people reported being in good health and the CDC said it is not aware of bat material being found in any other packaged salad.

The bat was tested for rabies but its deteriorated condition did not allow health officials to definitively rule out whether it had the deadly disease. They are now evaluating the two people for the disease, although transmission by eating a rabid animal is extremely uncommon.

Here's information on the recalled product from the CDC: Fresh Express issued the recall of Organic Marketside Spring Mix on Saturday. They were sold at Walmart stores in several states, which include Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama. All of the remaining packages of salad from the same lot have been pulled from store shelves. However, anyone who has purchased it should still discard it for safety's sake.

If you have the recalled salad and notice any animal matter inside, you're asked to contact your local health department immediately.

No other Marketside salads are included in the recall. Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled.

For full refunds, consumers should return to the place of purchase or call Fresh Express toll-free at 800 242-5472.

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