After lab testing, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not determine whether the bat in the salad had rabies.
Fresh Express, like many food makers in the age of mass distribution, has issued a handful of recalls before. Federal officials say they are recommending that the pair start post-exposure rabies treatment. All of the remaining packages of salad from the same lot have been pulled from store shelves.
The CDC stated in a press release that anyone who has eaten from the brand product but haven't found any "animal material" are in the clear.
According to a news release from Fresh Express, it is recalling the 5-ounce Organic Spring Mix with production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of April 14, 2017 located on the front label, and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container.
The salad mix were sold by Walmart stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The manufacturer, Fresh Express, has rushed to recall the batch of salad that was shipped to Walmart Stores. There are no other Marketside salads that are involved in this recall.
No other Marketside salads are included in the recall.
An investigation into the matter is underway by the FDA and CDC in tandem. The animal's decayed state prevented a definitive test of whether it had rabies.
One of those fallacies was that you can catch rabies from being near a bat with the disease, which is not true.
The agency said people who had eaten the salad and not found "animal material" were not at risk, and that customers could contact Fresh Express for a full refund. Neither of the individuals shows any signs of rabies.
And a cucumber contamination in 2015 killed two people and sickened hundreds. Due to the success of the rabies vaccination for pets in the US, contracting rabies from dogs and cats are rare in this country.