Possible Poisonous Spider Found In Produce Bag

Possible Poisonous Spider Found In Produce Bag

By KBJR News 1

Possible Poisonous Spider Found In Produce Bag

April 27, 2011 Updated May 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -A Hayward woman got a potentially deadly surprise last night when she brought home some fresh produce from a Superior grocery store.

A routine shopping trip could have turned deadly.

Hayward resident, Sheila Terry, was at Superior Wal–Mart last night to pick up some groceries including bananas.

It was when she got home and unloaded her groceries that her day took a dramatic turn.

"Then all I hear is, oh my God, and I get up off the sofa and run in the kitchen and he's look it! Look it's a spider!" Sheila said.

When her husband Dan reached for a banana he was completely unaware of a lurking stowaway.

"I went to get a banana off the bunch and the spider was right here in amongst the stems of the banana," Dan said.

A fuzzy, black spider, over three inches from leg to leg, silently crawled out of the bunch.

"It came out and landed on the counter and started to move. I called to my wife and she came in and I grabbed a paper towel and killed it," Dan said.

After googling the spider Sheila and her husband feared it was a poisonous Brazilian Wandering spider.

We showed pictures of the arachnid to Duluth spider expert Larry Webber who identified it as possibly a type of Giant Crab Spider from the tropics.

Wal–mart officials responded to the concern saying, "We are investigating this thoroughly, working with investigators and looking at other products on our store shelves. At this point, we believe the complaint is isolated and there is no danger to our other customers."

Sheila and Dan Terry said they want to make sure no one else find a fuzzy surprise in their produce.

An investigation is underway to find out exactly what kind of spider was found and whether there might be any more in the store.