Woman makes terrifying discovery in bag of Coles grapes as other shoppers make same discovery

A woman makes a terrifying discovery in a bag of Coles grapes – joining other shoppers who have made the exact same chilling discovery

  • A Gold Coast mother made a terrifying discovery after receiving her Coles order
  • Natasha Thomson found a red-backed spider and her egg sac hidden in her grapes
  • It comes as two Coles customers found redbacks in their grapes last month
  • Coles says he has gone to great lengths to mitigate the risk of spiders in fresh produce

A mum is the latest Coles customer to make a chilling discovery in a bag of grapes she bought from the supermarket giant.

Natasha Thomson, who resides in the Gold Coast suburb of Labrador, unpacked her shopping at a local Coles to find a red-backed spider hidden in her bag of seedless grapes.

Natasha then found the poisonous spider’s egg sac further along the grape stalk.

Gold Coast mum Natasha Thomson unpacked her Coles shopping to find a poisonous red-backed spider and a sac of eggs (both pictured) hidden in her bag of seedless grapes

She took photos of the unexpected discoveries hidden in her fruit and shared the images on social media.

Ms Thomson told the Gold Coast Bulletin the bag of grapes was part of a grocery order she placed on the Coles website.

The groceries were delivered to her at the end of last week.

Ms Thomson is not the only Coles customer to have discovered the poisonous arachnids lurking among her grapes, with two other customers finding spider mites in their bags of grapes last month.

The two bags containing the scary critters were purchased from Coles supermarkets on either side of the NSW-Queensland border in early February.

A spider was found nesting in grapes bought from Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, while another was discovered by a resident of Tweed City, 800km north of Sydney.

Ms Thomson took photos of the grotesque finds hidden in her fruit and shared the footage on social media

Ms Thomson took photos of the grotesque finds hidden in her fruit and shared the footage on social media

She's not the only Coles customer to have discovered the poisonous arachnids lurking among her grapes, with two other customers finding spider mites in their bags of grapes last month.

She’s not the only Coles customer to have discovered the poisonous arachnids lurking among her grapes, with two other customers finding spider mites in their bags of grapes last month.

Red-backed spiders

Found across Australia

Usually lives in gardens or buildings

Non-aggressive and usually plays dead if disturbed

Can be fatal to humans, especially young children

Andrew Bell said his daughter had eaten the treat when she came across a “damn red back” in the bag.

The retired cop told 9News that while people could identify the poisonous spider, young children didn’t know any better and were therefore at risk.

“If I get bitten I’ll probably survive it, but a young child sitting in a high chair who’s been given grapes to nibble on, he’s going to get sick,” he said.

Tony Marshel, from Terranora on the NSW Tweed Coast, had been tasting red grapes during his break from work when he spotted an unwanted visitor.

He said the redback had survived a wash in the sink and a night in the fridge, but was alive and well and capable of giving a nasty bite.

He echoed Mr Bell’s sentiments when he said: ‘I was very concerned that mothers would put bunches of grapes in their children’s lunchboxes, it could turn out very bad.’

A spider was found nesting in grapes bought from Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, while another was discovered by a resident of Tweed City, 800km north of Sydney.

A spider was found nesting in grapes bought from Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, while another was discovered by a resident of Tweed City, 800km north of Sydney.

A Coles spokesperson said the supermarket had worked to mitigate the risk of spiders ending up in fresh produce.  Pictured: A red back discovered in one of the bags of grapes

A Coles spokesperson said the supermarket had worked to mitigate the risk of spiders ending up in fresh produce. Pictured: A red back discovered in one of the bags of grapes

Coles launched an urgent to the Australians by buying a bag of grapes after the first discoveries.

A Coles spokesperson said the supermarket had worked to mitigate the risk of spiders ending up in fresh produce.

“Red mites lurking in crops is an industry-wide problem and Coles is working closely with our suppliers and industry bodies to eliminate any risk,” they said.

“All Coles suppliers are required to keep their fields clean and have pest control systems in place to prevent product contamination during packaging.

“Coles takes the quality of all of our products seriously and all grapes are visually inspected at harvest and packing for the presence of pests.”

Red spider mites are considered “very poisonous”, especially to young children, and usually hide in gardens, fences and even houses.

Red spiders (photo) are considered

Red spider mites (pictured) are considered ‘very poisonous’, especially to young children, and usually hide in gardens, fences and even houses.


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