Black Widow Grapes: Venomous Spider Found in Fresh Produce Container

Nov 23, 2013 12:20 PM EST | By Dina Exil

  • print
Black Widow
First it was Brazilian wandering spiders found on a bunch of bananas now it the venomous black spider found on grapes in several supermarkets across three states.
(Photo : Reuters)

First it was Brazilian wandering spiders found on a bunch of bananas, now its the venomous black widow spider found on grapes in several supermarkets across three states.

According to FOX News, shoppers in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, all found a living black widow spider in their grape containers. After a Milwaukee woman purchased grapes from her local supermarket with her 4-year-old daughter, she went home and inspected it for mold but found something unexpected. 

Like Us on Facebook

Yvonne Duckhorn, told the Journal Sentinel that she noticed something moving inside. She immediately recognized from it's distinctive red hour-glass-shaped marking on the body.

"I saw the legs moving frantically," Duckhorn told the paper.

The supermarket has reportedly yanked all the grapes from its shelves and is "stepping up inspections."

Earlier this month, a Michigan shopper found the poisonous spider in a bunch of grapes purchased from a Kroger store.

"I looked in the grapes and there was a black widow staring right at me," Callum Merry told ABC News.

There has been three other reports of black widows on grapes. Two more black widows spiders were found in containers of red grapes in St. Louis in early October and in September. A black widow was reportedly found in a shipment of grapes at a Maplewood, Minn, school.

In all cases, managers moved quickly to yank the products from shelves and investigate the cause with vendors.

Fox News reported finding a black widow spider in fresh produce is pretty common. According to food experts, framers have had to cut back on insecticides due to regulation, trying to get rid of black widows in grapes  has become harder to do.

"Small children and the elderly are most susceptible to the black widow's venom," FOX News reported.

© 2014 Food World News. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Featured Video : Cocktails At The Garret With Nicky Hilton
Get the Most Popular Food Stories in a Weekly Newsletter
TrendingOn The Web
Food Biz
1

Walmart Fined $100 Million Over Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste

The country's largest retailer pleaded guilty to six counts of violating the Clean water Act. The retailer was found guilty and fined over 110 million dollars for the illegal disposing of fertilizer , bleach and pesticide compounds into the sewer system, among other environmental violations.

People drinking

Shocking Alcohol Calorie Facts you did not Know

A lot of information on the sugar and calories contained in alcohol is hidden behind fancy advertising, eye catching labels and deceptive tag lines such as 'lite' or 'diet.' Alcohol offers plenty of fun and plenty more calories. Here area few facts I bet you did not know.

watermelons

SIX BENEFITS OF WATERMELONS YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT

Watermelons are a national summer treasure. These luscious fruits are as eye catching with their rich red color as they are as tasty. Watermelon enthusiasts around the globe have discovered multiple benefits this fruity piece of heaven has to offer. Aside from being tasty, watermelons offer plenty of other health benefits you are probably not aware of. Here are six reasons you should indulge in a watermelon fetish.

Food Tech
Organic Fruits And Vegetables

Cry Fest in Maine After Thief Steals Onions Grown by Fifth Graders For Homeless Shelter

Albert S. Hall School in Waterville, Maine had its fifth grade project attacked when the children’s growing onions were robbed right at the time of harvesting.

Woman in work out gear

Types of Milk And Their Fat Content

In today's world, milk comes in many different shapes and packages. From fat free milk to whole milk to 1%-2% fat milk to skimmed milk, we have it all. So how do fitness enthusiasts get the best deal out of their milk? How do you ensure you get all the nutrition from a glass of milk without all the unnecessary fat to bulge out your waistline despite endless painstaking crunches? Here is a list of the major milk types being produced in today's market.

The Paleo Diet Explained

Low-Carb Diets Like Atkinson vs Low-Fat Diets: Study Shows They’re Both The Same

Low-carb diets and low-fat diets have the same effects on patients who go through them, recent study released in The Journal for the American Medical Association suggests.

Real Time Analytics