A mom in Branford, Connecticut, is warning fruit-lovers to be on alert after she said she found a venomous black widow spider in a package of grapes she purchased at the grocery store.
She said she bought the grapes from the Branford Stop & Shop Monday morning. A few hours later she made the discovery while she and her 11-year-old son were in the middle of eating the grapes.
Luckily it didn’t bite, and no one was hurt. She told NBC Connecticut that Stop & Shop offered to give her double her money back for the grapes.
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“It makes you nervous,” said Laurie Fitzgerald from Branford. “It makes you wonder where they’re importing the grapes from.”
NBC Connecticut reached out to Stop & Shop in response and they sent a statement saying in part: “Stop & Shop and our grape growers take necessary measures to keep spiders out of the grapes that are sold. Despite that effort, it is possible for a spider to get into the bunches as they are a part of the natural, organic environment.”
The grapes came from a company in California. NBC Connecticut have reached out to them and have not heard back.
“It’s a spider,” said Jessie Palmer, a shopper from Guilford. “They’re everywhere. My opinion — there are worse things you could find.”