Black widow spider found in bunch of grapes

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BUCKS COUNTY, Penn. – A family in Pennsylvania says they received a nasty surprise in their bunch of grapes: a much-feared black widow spider.

“I just grabbed it with a pair of pliers, one of its legs, and I missed it the first time. It fell onto its back and that’s when you could see the little red hourglass,” Amy Reed told WPVI. “I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. ‘”

The notorious arachnid’s bite is said to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s, earning it an unsavory reputation. But contrary to popular belief, black widow bites against humans rarely result in death. The animals most at risk from a black widow bite are other insects.

Reed bought the fruit last week from a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Langhorne, Penn. The store said it’s looking into the matter.

“We have inspected all other grapes and discovered no spiders or other insects,” the store said in a statement to WPVI. “We are taking this matter extremely seriously.”

The distributor of the grapes – Welch’s Organic Grapes – called the family directly, Reed said. They told them they’ve had this problem before because they do not use pesticides on their organic produce, Reed said.