Sign in to follow this  

Shoppers get a surprise as black widow spiders found in grapes

Recommended Posts

Hum    6,929

Aldi Supermarkets pulled all red, green and black grapes from Milwaukee-area stores and promised to beef up inspections after a shopper found a venomous black widow spider in a red grape container at the Wauwatosa Aldi on Thursday.

"At Aldi, we are committed to providing high quality products," the company said in a statement emailed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after being contacted by a reporter. "We sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern this situation may have caused."

Yvonne Duckhorn of Milwaukee told the newspaper that she was shopping Thursday afternoon at the Aldi store at 12120 W. Burleigh St. with her 4-year-old daughter when she picked up a clear container of red grapes that was on sale.

She flipped the container over to check for mold and eyeballed the grapes to look for soft ones. Then she flipped the container right side up and noticed the top was popped open a little.

That's when she spotted something moving inside.

"I saw the legs moving frantically," Duckhorn recalled. "I've seen bugs on fruit before, and I thought, 'That is a very big spider.' Nothing I'd ever seen before."

Duckhorn said she became especially concerned when she noticed red on the black spider. She looked around for an employee, and when she didn't immediately find one, grabbed a clear plastic produce bag and dumped the container of grapes inside it. She didn't want to leave the spider for someone else to find, she said.

Duckhorn tried to hand the bag of grapes to a cashier, but when she told the cashier there was a large spider in it, the cashier called another employee, who took the bag away.

"I could tell she was a little nervous," Duckhorn said of the second employee. "I told her the spider had red on it, and to be careful."

Aldi said in its statement that it immediately pulled grapes from Milwaukee-area stores "out of an abundance of caution," and that the company was implementing additional inspection procedures at all warehouses and stores. The company also reiterated its guarantee of a refund to any customer not 100% satisfied with a food product.

Black widow spiders, which build webs in grape vineyards to capture insects, have occasionally been found in supermarket grapes since the mid-1990s. That's when growers came under pressure to cut back on insecticide use because of high levels of pesticide residue on grapes. Black widows that accidentally get picked with the grapes can slip past inspectors.

more

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DocM    12,604

Title says "spiders" but story was one. Still, female black widow venom contains neurotoxins that can kill children, the elderly and the infirm. Most healthy adults will survive, especially if treated. Nasty.

Black_Widow_11-06.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hum    6,929

^ Read the 'more'.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DocM    12,604

Ahh...OK

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sir Topham Hatt    212

I thought Aldi was just in the UK :/

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ozgeek    157

Nup. Australia has Aldi as well.

 

And this issue happens in all supermarkets not just aldi. I work for Woolworths in the produce section and see this all the time. That is why we wash and trim to inspect them before shelving them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
XerXis    251

I thought Aldi was just in the UK :/

It's a german retailer you can find all around the world

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tuckeratlarge    144

Aldi used to be german for sh*t. However, they changed it to Lidl

 

There are loads of good food items at aldi, although I wouldn't touch their fresh fruit/veg with a ten foot pole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DocM    12,604

There are 2-3 in our area. Never crowded, quite small by our standards, and a rather limited selection. You could fit 3-4 Aldi's in one of our larger grocery stores and several times that many in a Meijers (some of which make a Wal-Mart look small.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
badb0y    135

 I wouldn't touch their fresh fruit/veg with a ten foot pole.

 

Why? :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
tsupersonic    1,324

Quite a common occurrence

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
+LimeMaster    14,622

I heard this happen in various different locations. :x :/

 

I'm glad they took immediate action instead of waiting.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dane    176

Done with grapes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

I don't want to buy grapes again at aldi again now :|

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hum    6,929

I don't want to buy grapes again at aldi again now :|

Just hold the grapes over the cashier's head and shake them good. :p

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

This brings a new meaning to grapes of wrath

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
KingCracker    1,495

Got one down the road, cheaper than the grocery store next to it but it is small. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Growled    3,880

They did the right thing pulling those grapes. I'm glad no one got hurt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hum    6,929

Maybe they could have a bucket of water or something, so customers could drown any creepy critters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.