Black Widow Grapes: Venomous Spider Found in Fresh Produce Container

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

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. 

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.


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