Redback spider found in grapes from Coles in Rockhampton

A woman found a red back spider in a bag of grapes she bought in a Rockhampton supermarket.
A woman found a red back spider in a bag of grapes she bought in a Rockhampton supermarket.

MORGAN Davey is glad she isn't scared of spiders.

The Rockhampton woman had eaten most of her bag of white grapes before finding a redback spider in residence at the bottom.

Morgan, 23, bought the grapes from Coles at Stockland Rockhampton on Monday, before washing them under the tap and placing them in the fridge overnight.

During work at SMW Group on Tuesday, Morgan was eating the grapes when she noticed a black shape at the bottom of the packet.

When she realised it was a spider, she called over Shaun Perfect, a colleague she considers a "spider expert".

"I called him over and told him to look at my grapes," she said. "He was a bit confused until he saw it."

Shaun confirmed the species, and on further inspection the pair discovered a network of webs that had been built on the grapes in the packet.

"He had his little home at the bottom... I don't know how he didn't drown when I washed the bag," Morgan said.

The spider was then removed by her colleague.

She put her ordeal on Facebook after she realised there was a similar case on the Gold Coast.

"It's pretty funny, everyone is freaking out a bit," she said, describing her aunt's reaction to her Facebook post.

This follows a report of a similar incident involving a Woolworths bag of grapes on the Gold Coast.

A Coles spokesperson reminded customers that suppliers aimed to prevent insect contamination through the use of screens, traps, cleaning and regular pest control checks.

"We will follow up with our supplier to review their pest control program and procedures and will monitor this product with them to assist in the reduction of a similar occurrence in the future.

"We guarantee our Coles brand products and encourage customers to return any item they are not 100% happy with for a full refund or replacement."

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