Venomous spiders found in New Zealand grapes

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If you live in New Zealand, put down the grapes. Since Friday, at least ten poisonous spiders have been spotted in imported grapes, including 5 black widows, 2 sac spiders, and 1 brown widow. One of the black widows was spotted by a childcare teacher in Wairoa, NZ.

The teacher, Aira Bremner, told The Wairoa Star she was washing a bag of Mexican red seedless grapes when she noticed a black spider tumble out and fall onto the chopping board. The spider was identified by MPI [Ministry for Primary Industries] as a black widow.

New Zealand isn't the only country finding spiders in their grapes. In early June, a man from Leamington Spa, England, found a nest of black widows in his grapes, with lots of baby spiders running around the fruit. In both cases, the grapes were imported from Mexico.

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