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Brighton Family Finds Black Widow in Bag of Grapes

After buying a bunch of grapes from a local Kroger store, a Brighton family found a Black Widow spider "lurking" inside.

After opening a bag of grapes purchased at a Brighton Kroger location, the family discovered a black widow spider inside the bag of fruit.

According to a report from WXYZ Channel 7, the family put the spider in a jar and called Kroger who released the following statement:

  • "Kroger is obviously concerned about the well being of our customers.  We  are extremely grateful no one was harmed in this incident.  We recognize the customers reached out to our store team.  The store team addressed their concerns with the customer.  Kroger works extensively with our growers to insure there are inspection processes points in place to make sure we are providing safe and quality food at all times.   We also encourage customers to practice safe food handling if this is ever a concern to contact your local Kroger store."
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anna murray November 09, 2013 at 09:38 PM
A living thing on a living plant?! OMG! We should stick with pesticides or highly processed food to eliminate the deadly risk of coming in contact with...nature! The horror!
neal November 09, 2013 at 10:09 PM
The same thing happened many years ago to someone eating curds and whey. Miss Muffett I think her name was. Anyone remember that story?
aboona joe November 09, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Thank you, Huff, as I lie here in bed
Charles Ball November 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM
In Texas where I live it is not uncomon to see black widows, scorpians, and rattlesnakes on a dialy basis, so whats the big deal?
joel November 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM
black widow are very common in the USA death from bite by black widow extremely rare as a mater of fact you are 55 times more likely to be killed by bee... Should I look under my Deck and back porch I would most likely fill a jar with them , they are usually vey shy unless you bother them and yet they even retreat very fast one of the reason preservation .
Charli Denae November 10, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Another good reason to wash all produce before eating it. Dump grapes in a colander and spray the heck out of them with lukewarm water. Lift them up and spray in between them, as well. You might be surprised how many critters you find. Critters hide well and it's no one's fault if they're there. It's the consumer's responsibility to prepare them for eating.
Andrew L November 10, 2013 at 02:31 AM
What the hell ever happened to washing you fruit and veggies before you eat/prepare them? Dummies abound!
Pamela Smith November 10, 2013 at 03:23 AM
I have found spider webs in my grapes.
Lynne Gagner November 10, 2013 at 07:21 AM
It is newsworthy if it helps prevent one person from being bit by a venomous spider in the future. Maybe YOU are perfect in your hygiene and everything you do in life but all this article and any other article has to do as it's job is INFORM. And it did just that, just fine. I enjoy reading all the stories on the Patch. They do a great job. Perspective is a wonderful thing. Not enough people have empathy, or care about their neighbors, fellow humans. Human interest stories are just that. Stories that humans find interesting. If you don't, no big deal, move on. But why is everyone so damn crabby??!!
Lynne Gagner November 10, 2013 at 07:26 AM
And as an aside, a lot of people over the years have said, whenever there has been a spider-in-the-grapes story, "why don't they wash their fruit?" Don't they have to use their hands to reach in, grab the fruit, separate it, pull it out of container and then wash it? That's a whole lot of touching before it even gets to your mouth!!!
Cheryl Huss Kuzel November 10, 2013 at 07:45 AM
I had the same thing happen in Johnson City New York. Brought grapes home, put them in the colander under the faucet, started to run water on them and out crawled a black widow We took the LIVE spider back to the local Wegmans store and the manager gave us a bag of oranges. Wash you fruit!!!!!!!
SAM November 10, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Maybe it came from their own home..
Chris Kapsalis November 10, 2013 at 08:10 AM
As said above you are much more likely to be killed by a bee. And having been bit by a black widow it is no fun, but having been stung by a bee, it is less fun imo. Black widows are all around here. They like dry dark places like cardboard boxes in a garage, between boards or hollows of wood, under rocks, anywhere they can hunt from find shelter and stay dry and out of the heat of the sun too much, you may find one. But not sure why some things get so much attention and generate so much fear when much more deadly things do not. West Nile Virus compared to the common flu is a good example. The flu kills I believe over 700 times more Americans a year than West Nile, yet West Nile seems to get 700 times more press. why? It's the Great White Shark effect and the fear it generates, when you are so many more times likely to die of hypothermia or drowning if you go in the ocean..
Ken Mayberg November 10, 2013 at 08:21 AM
I commend his brother as the most sensible of everyone in the story for wanting to release the spider in the wild where the chances of it causing any fatalities to humans are about the same as winning the Mega Million Lottery.
Susi Haskins November 10, 2013 at 08:24 AM
I got a HORNET in My Turnip Greens in Tn at Kroger....what is going on..Never found anything like this before it flew out when I put them in sink in water and popped me in the head ..What a shock that was never ever had anything like this happen before,
Gail Moss November 10, 2013 at 09:00 AM
Ms. Tittle comment towards the end made me laugh. 'I'll shop in another store if I were that family." If every human took her advice we would starve to death. And Watching your veggies, fruit, towels, bedding products are things I thought everyone did, since we are aware how things are handled and delivered.
Cindy Halpern November 10, 2013 at 09:29 AM
I think Kroger's should settle out of court.
Epic Male November 10, 2013 at 09:50 AM
This doesn't seem to be the normal habitat of the genus of spiders comprising that of the Black Widows. They like dry and dark places. A sunny vineyard just isn't where you find them. Under your sink, the back of a closet, an old gardening shed...those are the places where you find Black Widows. BTW, they are not 'deadly' so much as painful. I've been bitten twice, once as a child an another as an adult collecting specimens for a toxicology course. Each time the pain was significant, but required no medical treatment. The 'deadly' nature is more due to the female's mythological penchant for eating her mate. So, in a bunch of grapes? Highly unlikely. What is more likely is that someone was bored and wanted their fifteen minutes of fame.
Mick Craz November 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Come to Florida, I see BW often and? We learned to respect each other, never been bitten in 11 Years
the black widow November 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM
i almost got away. I knew I should have slept in the pringles
the black widow November 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Last week I found a grape in my web
the black widow November 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Thanks Mick Craz I will be moving to Florida. What part of florida are you in?
Soccer Dad November 12, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I was recently bitten by a Black Widow spider. I did not die. I got a nasty looking welt like a bruise that was somewhat painful, but that was pretty much it.
P November 12, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Lol to you all. Just another reminder to wash all your food check it twice. Food for thought? No ..common sense!
svendibar November 12, 2013 at 05:29 PM
My 32 year old daughter in law was bitten by a spider in September. She developed MRSA and has been an inpatient for 7 weeks. She's been on a ventilator and dialysis because her lungs and kidneys are failing. We don't know if she will survive this. It's a very big deal to be bitten by a spider, especially a Black Widow. I suspect spiders in bags of grapes are more common than we realize. We all need to be mindful when purchasing produce.
Darris November 13, 2013 at 04:19 AM
"A $25 coupon wouldn't "motivate me to shop at that store" . . . What the heck does that mean? So getting a bigger pay off would motivate you? Geez, that is sad and disturbing and irresponsible . . .
Chris Kapsalis November 13, 2013 at 06:48 AM
You can't really spray poison in food. Also grapes I aimagine have to have some sort of ventilation in shipping, leaving room for a possible spider to enter a shipping container of grapes. No way to stop it 100%. Unless I guess we radiate everything or spray poisons in around our food, and still something could hitch a ride. People are so usd to perfect looking food. Shinny apple, no blimishes etc. When in fact it is more likely that food is less healty for use than say real food that aint been radiated, waxed, boiled or sparyed. Or some hybred fake gmo food. Let's give them a break. So a spider got in. I remember cracking open a pomigranite off a tree when I was 8 and there was bigs inside. And not good ones, ear wigs. It shocked me. But I threw it down and grabbed another one. That is the chance you get when you eat actual food. We are so spoiled and unrealistic imo, and I guess I am too to a point. Juist what we became used ot in the 50's and 60's etc. This boxed canned kind of food with no inperfections, or we freak out. loll
annon ymous December 30, 2013 at 02:19 PM
@theblackwidow LOLOLOL~!!! hahahahahaha
Martin Beck December 30, 2013 at 02:52 PM
well first wash the grapes , second , quickly plunge your hand into the center of the grapes , count of one and two and three and if you are not bitten, then there are no spiders within your bunch , however if you are cut on a hi-din shard of broken glass call Gloria alred
Debra January 01, 2014 at 01:19 AM
spiders are used for natural pesticides for grapes, Google it. Also... is the brother doing a fake English accent? LOL

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