Black Widow Spider Found in Bag of Grapes

The spider was found in a bag of grapes purchased at a Whole Foods store in Connecticut

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012  |  Updated 10:36 AM EDT
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Black Widow Spider Found in Bag of Grapes

Nora Weiss posted this picture online of the black widow spider she found inside a bag of grapes from Whole Foods in Fairfield.

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A Connecticut woman found a venomous eight-legged surprise in her bag of grapes on Monday — but she still insists she will stick to buying only organic produce.

According to News 12, Nora Weiss purchased a bag of Sunview Organic Table Grapes from a Whole Foods store in Fairfield, Conn. When she took the grapes out of the bag to wash them, she discovered a black widow spider lurking in the bag. The spider was still alive.
 
Whole Foods issued a statement saying that the claim could be true since no pesticides are used on organic produce. The store also offered Weiss a refund or replacement.
 
Widow spiders are considered the most venomous spiders in North America. According to National Geographic, a black widow bite can cause muscle aches, nausea and paralysis of the diaphragm, making it difficult to breath.
 
Human fatalities from black widow bites are fairly rare.

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