Black widow spider crawls out of bag of grapes, bites woman

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont woman has been bitten by a black widow spider her family says was hiding in a bag of grapes.

WCAX-TV reports  the 21-year-old Colchester resident spent a night at a hospital after being treated for the bite. She was released Saturday. Her health will be monitored for months.

Black widow bites can cause muscle aches and nausea and make breathing difficult but usually aren’t lethal.

The woman’s mother says she reached into a bag of grapes and the spider crawled up her arm and bit her. She says they caught the spider and took it to the hospital with them.

Shaw’s supermarket in Colchester sold the grapes. It says it’s inspecting produce in stores and contacting suppliers to make sure their products are safe.


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  • Produce Guy

    Female black widow spiders in grapes this time of year is not uncommon. Been working in/near produce for almost 40 years.

  • Sara

    How do I know??? The Grapes wont be picked in the US for at least 2 more months…they are just setting up on the vines now. ALL Grapes are coming from Mexico and South America….and due to NAFTA and the new Free Trade Agreement for Mexico….All incoming food is given only a cursory check. No paperwork is given as to PESTICIDES were used, No Soil testing for illegal Chemicals being dumped from Meth Labs, and No bathrooms for workers…they use the fields……I just got back from Mexico….and trust me…I will NEVER eat food from Mexico again….unless it is COOKED TO MUSH. Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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