Thu. Aug 22nd, 2019

Animals discovered in bagged salads: A Nightmare

You would be surprised to know that in the recent years, many cases have been revealed in the United States where along with the delivery of prepackaged salads from the local super stores, an additional ingredients has been found mixed in the romaine and kale; rodents, lizards, frogs and most unexpectedly a bat even.

There a total of ten instances where the animals were alive at the time of delivery. Does that make the encounter less horrible or infinitely worse?

Recently, researchers did a review of reports of these horrific animal discovering dating back to 2003. Their findings were described in a new study. A total of 40 examples were presented of bagged salads purchases which took place in twenty states which included undesirable wildlife stowaways. Out of 40, 38 of these encounters took place during the last decade.

The data was collected by the researchers on incidents which had already been covered by online news outlets, observing details such as the location and the date of the animal discoveries; whether or whether not the produce was bagged or boxed, the type of the produce, and the species of the found animal whether still alive or dead. For the animals which were found dead, the scientists noted whether the animal was partial or whole. These findings were written in their study which got published on the 20th July in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

It was found that the animals found in salad, around 53 percent were toads and frogs and majority of the frogs were in the group of tree-frog. Around 23 percent of animals were reptiles, whereas, the 18 percent were mammals and 6 percent were birds. Majority of the mammals were rodents, however, in one instance there was a bat in the salad, which was a Brazilian free-tailed bat discovered in Florida two years back. This case received the greatest attention of media than any other animals’ case, mainly because bats are recognized vectors for various diseases which affect people, the researchers explained.