Black widows found in grapes nationwide

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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I wonder if there’s a grocery store section with “black widow free” produce.

It’s always good to wash fruits and veggies with water before chowing them down, if only to get rid of dust and bacteria. In fact, if you eat unwashed produce, food-borne illnesses might end up inside your system. Now, in case you needed some serious motivation for getting those groceries clean, there have been several cases of deadly black widows crawling around inside grapes!

This isn’t some little isolated incident in a farm town somewhere, either. Apparently, supermarkets in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have sold grapes with black creepy crawler surprises inside!

Yvonne Duckhorn, a Milwaukee resident, returned home after grocery shopping with her 4-year-old daughter. When she was checking the grapes for mold, a squirming black spider with a red hourglass shape on its belly was struggling inside! “I saw the legs moving frantically,” she said.

In Michigan, shopper Callum Merry noticed one in her grapes too. “I looked in the grapes and there was a black widow staring right at me,” she said. In October and September, two more of the poisonous spiders were found in containers of red grapes in St. Louis, and another was reportedly discovered in a grapes shipment at a Minnesota school. Apparently, this is a pretty common occurrence, so be sure to check your fruits for bugs!

While black widows only attack if they feel threatened, their bites can prove fatal, so be careful.

Featured image courtesy of Chuck Evans on Wikimedia.