Two Florida customers reportedly discovered a dead bat in a prepackaged Wal-Mart salad, which prompted both a limited recall and an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To make matters worse, they had already eaten some of the bag of Fresh Express' Organic Marketside Spring Mix before finding the bat in a "deteriorated condition," the CDC said in a press release.
The health of the two is being monitored as the bat carcass is tested for rabies, but the CDC says that even if the creature tests positive, it's likely the disease was not transmitted.
"CDC recommends that anyone who ate the recalled salad product and found animal material in it contact their health department for evaluation," the center said in its press release. "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."
Fresh Express announced a recall for the Organic Marketside Spring Mix product on Saturday. The production code is G089B19 and its best-if-used-by date is April 14.
The recalled salads were sold in Wal-Mart stores in the southeastern U.S., and according to a press release, the store acted quickly to remove the product from its shelves.
"Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed Good Agricultural Practices," the press release states.