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Recall: Bat found in Walmart Organic Spring Mix

Posted April 13

A limited number of cases of Walmart Organic Marketside Spring Mix have been recalled by Fresh Express after a dead bat was found in a package.

The recall includes product distributed in North Carolina and other locations in the Southeast.

According to a notice on CDC.gov, a bat was found in a package of the salad mix that was purchased from a Florida grocery store.

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This recall includes:

Organic Marketside Spring Mix - 5 oz. clear container

Production Code of G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14 2017, located on the top label

UPC Code of 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container next to the bar code

Possible distribution states include: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, VA

If you have purchased this product, you can return it to the store for a refund or call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free number at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

See the following press release for additional information.

ORLANDO, Fla., April 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh Express is announcing a precautionary recall of a limited number of cases of Organic Marketside Spring Mix.

The item subject to the recall is 5 oz. Organic Marketside Spring Mix marketed in a clear container with production code G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14, 2017 located on the front label, and UPC code 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container. The recalled salads were distributed only to Walmart stores located in the Southeastern region of the United States.

The recall was necessitated when Fresh Express was notified that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found in a single container of the salad. Out of an abundance of caution, all salads manufactured in the same production run are being recalled.

No other Marketside salads are included in the recall. Fresh Express salads are not subject to a recall.

Walmart acted quickly to remove the product from store shelves.

Consumers who may have already purchased the recalled product should discard and not consume it. A full refund is available where purchased or by calling the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

Upon receiving notification, both Walmart and Fresh Express food safety and rapid response teams, in close coordination with regulatory authorities, acted immediately to review all relevant records, launch an intensive investigation and initiate product removal and recall procedures.

Fresh Express takes matters of food safety very seriously and rigorously complies with all food safety regulations including the proscribed Good Agricultural Practices. In addition, a range of stringent controls are in place during growing and harvesting to mitigate against field material from entering the raw product system. In manufacturing, additional controls including thorough washing and filtration systems as well as visual inspections that are designed to eliminate unwanted debris.

Recalled Product Details

Organic Marketside Spring Mix - 5 oz. clear container
Production Code of G089B19 and best-if-used-by date of APR 14 2017, located on the top label
UPC Code of 6 8113132897 5 located on the bottom of the container next to the bar code

Recalled Product Distribution
Fresh Express Precautionary Recall, 5 oz. Organic Marketside Spring Mix
(No other Marketside Salads and No Fresh Express Salads are included in this recall)

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  • observant Apr 10, 4:21 p.m.

    E coli , salmonella, listeria , bats ... - another reason I am glad I do not buy bagged greens/salads.

  • TheRealNCYankee Apr 10, 3:56 p.m.

    Glad this made it onto WRAL's radar.

  • Mom2two Apr 10, 2:30 p.m.

    But at least it was ORGANIC!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 10, 1:31 p.m.

    sjohnp2112 - Well played!

    cbengle1 - I agree!

    jdouglas13 - bet you'd get more than a few replacement coupons from Fresh Express..... :-D

  • cbengle1 Apr 10, 1:03 p.m.

    And all those bagged salads claimed to be washed 3 times???

  • sjohnp2112 Apr 10, 12:47 p.m.

    finding that in my salad would drive me batty.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 10, 9:41 a.m.

    I am SOOOOOOOOOOO glad I am not the one that found that dead bat. Just sayin.