Just in case you needed a reminder to wash your fruits and vegetables before eating them, a family in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, recently found a black widow spider and its hatching eggs buried in a bag of green seedless grapes.
Richard and Hanna Horsley bought the fruit from their local Asda store, although the grapes reportedly originated from Mexico. Richard was about to eat one of the groups when he noticed a spider crawling on it.
Hanna posted a photo of the spider and put it on Facebook. When it was identified as the venomous black widow, she panicked and dialed 999, the U.K.’s equivalent of 911.
"When we got there, the man was very frightened,” said Geoff Grewcock of the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife sanctuary. "We found a complete nest inside. One of the spiders had given birth and there were lots of baby spiders running around.”
Hanna said, “We couldn't believe it when we saw it. We were terrified and I started crying as I hate all spiders, let alone poisonous black widows.
“We usually let the children help themselves to the grapes, but for some reason my husband did it for them on this occasion, and we're so grateful he did.”
Asda said they have launched an investigation into the matter and admitted sometimes the odd arachnid will hang around, although their grapes are cold-stored and fumigated.
"We take these matters very seriously and have launched an investigation to determine how this particular spider got through our checks,” the market said.
"We are in contact with the customer and would like to reassure all our customers that these types of incidents are extremely rare and that we have robust processes in place for identifying pests, including spiders.”
Asda also apologized for the incident and Hanna has vowed the “only grapes in our house will be the liquid kind from now on.”