St. Louis grocer pulls food from shelves after finding dangerous spider

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KREM.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:41 AM

 (KMOV) – Aldi Supermarkets said it is pulling red grapes from its St Louis area stores after a venomous black widow spider was found in a red grape container.

The discovery was made by KMOV photographer Stan Kostecki, who purchased the grapes from the Aldi store in Chesterfield Valley on Wednesday.

In a statement Aldi emailed to News 4, the company says they are conducting a thorough investigation and are offering refunds on the grapes.

Black widow spiders enjoy making webs in grape vineyards to capture insects and there have been reports of the spiders getting by insecticides and inspections.

Experts at the St Louis Zoo say the widow’s bite is venomous and can make humans sick will rarely cause death if proper medical treatment is provided. The spider is also native to Missouri.

They recommend anyone who encounters one to not handle it but capture it in a container.

Click here to read the full statement released by Aldi.

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