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Aldi supermarkets pull grapes after finding Black Widow Spider

Colin Bennett

Aldi supermarkets pull grapes after finding Black Widow Spider

CREATED Nov. 9, 2013

 MILWAUKEE -- Aldi stores in Milwaukee have pulled all red, green, and black grapes from the shelves after a shopper found a black widow spider in a container of fruit in Wauwatosa.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Yvonne Duckhorn was shopping at the Aldi on Burleigh near 124th street with her 4 year-old daughter. She was checking the grapes when she made the discovery. Duckhorn transferred the grapes and spider to a plastic bag and handed it off to an employee.

In a statement, the discount supermarket chain said "we sincerely regret any inconvience or concern this situation may have caused." A spokesperson added that Aldi was pulling all the grapes out of "an abundance of caution," and that they are "committed to a high quality product." 

Black Widow Spiders often build webs in grapevines to catch their prey.

Recently, Black Widow Spiders have been found in grapes in several states including Minnesota, Michigan, and Missouri.

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