Prepackaged lettuce mixes may offer convenience (and boost a green's price tag). But they apparently offer other things, too—like a dead bat amidst your leafy greens.
Before we tell you any more, we want to warn those of you who are eating to potentially put down your forks—because this story is, well, less than appetizing.
Back to the bat: Story goes that Fresh Express issued a recall for a packaged salad mix sold at Walmart stores in the southeastern United States after two Floridians found a deceased animal inside a package of Organic Marketside Spring Mix, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bat was reportedly in a "deteriorated state."
The CDC has already teamed with the Florida Department of Health to investigate the situation. As for those who ate the affected salad, the two (who haven't been identified) are being monitored medically and are in good condition. (The worry? The bat could have plausibly been infected with rabies, thus potentially passing the virus onto those who consumed the contaminated salad. Investigators couldn't tell whether or not the animal had the disease because its remains were so decayed. Thankfully, neither patient has shown any sign of rabies.)
If you're not in the southeastern United States, you wouldn't even be able to find this mix on shelves—so you're in the clear. For those of you who are, Walmart and Fresh Express have already pulled all remaining bags from shelves. Still, if you do have a 5-ounce container Organic Marketside Spring Mix with the production code G089B19 and the "best if used by" date of April 14, return it to your local store immediately for a full refund.
"Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed [sic] Good Agricultural Practices," the company [said in a statement, where you can find additional details](http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/precautionary-recall-of-a-limited-quantity-of-organic-marketside-spring-mix-salad-is-announced-by-fresh-express-300436938.html).
Meanwhile, we're sorry for ruining your appetite.
This story originally appeared on Self.
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