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. A minimal chance of rabies in two people who seem fine pales in comparison to a batch of Listeria-tainted Blue Bell ice cream that sickened people in four states.
Florida health officials are investigating reports that a prepackaged Fresh Express salad sold at a Wal-Mart store contained a dead bat.
Upon opening the tightly sealed package, the customer found a dead bat.
People who have eaten the recalled salad product and did not find animal material are not at risk and do not need to contact their health department. No other Marketside salads are under the recall, and this recall is being done as a precaution.
The products were sold exclusively at Walmart stores in the Southeast.
No other Marketside salads are included in the recall.
"Immediately upon notification of the event, Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams worked in close coordination with Walmart and regulatory authorities to launch an intensive investigation", a spokesperson for the company, which is owned by Chiquita of bananas fame, wrote in a statement to The Washington Post. The recall affects stores in the Southeastern U.S., including Louisiana locations.
An investigation into the matter is underway by the FDA and CDC in tandem. Bat World discussed numerous fallacies people have come to believe about bats through the years. You can't catch rabies just from being near a rabid bat, as this disease is almost always transmitted through a bite. Neither of the individuals shows any signs of rabies. The two people were recommended for treatment for rabies. Due to the success of the rabies vaccination for pets in the USA, contracting rabies from dogs and cats are rare in this country.