Gorleston mum’s horror after finding live spider in supermarket grapes

A South African sac spider - believed to be the type Lorraine Leggett found - in a punnet of grapes. A South African sac spider - believed to be the type Lorraine Leggett found - in a punnet of grapes.

Friday, April 4, 2014
10:04 AM

A mum was horrified after finding a live spider in a packet of supermarket-bought grapes.

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Lorraine Leggett was about to tuck into a fruity snack at work in Gorleston when she noticed something sticky on one of the grapes. And after peering into the punnet she discovered a web, egg sac and live spider.

The 46-year-old says the incident has put her off grapes and she is now urging fellow fruit eaters to thoroughly wash their produce.

Lorraine, from Beccles Road, Gorleston, said: “It was horrendous. I had another packet in the fridge and I binned them. It’s put me off grapes, I won’t be eating them for a while.

“It made me feel quite queasy.”

The mum-of-two had bought two packets of red grapes from Asda as part of her normal home shopping order. The day after the delivery she took one punnet to work to snack on before lunch, where she noticed the eight-legged addition to her elevenses.

She said: “I was picking the grapes and thought these are a bit manky because some of them had little holes in them.

“Then I picked up another one and it had white fluff on it. When I looked closely I thought, it’s sticky.

“I looked at the grapes to see where this white stuff had come from and realised it was a nest and a piece of web was on the grape.

“Then as I pulled the grapes apart I could see something move.”

She quickly squashed the spider and took a picture of the web and egg sac before sealing the packet and taking it to environmental health officers at Great Yarmouth Borough Council, who are now investigating.

The spider is believed to have been a South African sac spider.

Lorraine, a care home manager, added: “What frightened me was that it must have been in there a while to lay eggs.”

Asda has since apologised and said the case is being investigated.

A spokesman for the supermarket said: “We have procedures in place to ensure our fresh produce is free from insects, so the chance of finding a spider is incredibly low but very occasionally one hangs around to give us a fright.

“We sincerely apologise to Mrs Leggett for any distress caused by finding this spider and were happy to give her a full refund on her grapes.”

The council said it had been in touch with Asda as part of its investigation, which is in its early stages.

16 comments

  • Horror! What ridiculous hyperbole! Imagine how she would react if she ever experienced something genuinely horrible. This is not newsworthy. It is simply the overreaction of someone who is far too insulated from the basic agricultural processes that generate her food supply.

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    chamberlain

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I wonder how Lorraine would feel if someone quickly squashed her! That spider had as much right to life as she does.

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    blackcab

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • This sensationalisation is not justified. All fruit and vegetables must be inspected and washed before consumption, more so for anything not being cooked. As if the depleted Environmental Health Service doesn't have enough to do without bothering about spiders in fruit. Customer should have telephoned Asda and taken product straight back. I am sure they would have acted responsibly by immediately withdrawing consignment from sale in order to protect other customers, reporting to their warehouses and suppliers, notifying the public health services in case shipments went to other retailers, and then investigate the causes.

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    JCW

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • So, one spider got into one bunch of grapes which have probably come half way across the world, avoided the normal cleansing process, are one of thousands of bunches processed and packaged by Asda's suppliers daily. Where does this person think grapes come from? Environmental health involvement! Why? EDP involvement! Why? take them back to Asda if you're that bothered, collect your compensation vouchers that I'm sure you think you're now entitled to because of your 'Trauma' and go and get some more grapes from Tesco! Absolutely pathetic, attention seeker! Rant over....

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    Stebs

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Daisy Roots - WHAT

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    Spooky

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Wait. Travellers are putting spiders in bunches of grapes? Truly, the plot thickens...

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    Capac Raimi

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Buy cheap buy twice

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    DJ

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I had a live spider in a pack of organic Spanish grapes a few years back. I rushed back to Asda with the grapes. They gave me a refund and they did send it to their suppliers after a lot of nudging from me. They didn't do anything about the rest of the grapes in the display. They said to me "don't worry, they can't survive over here, it's too cold". Well, that one had survived for over a week in my fridge!!

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    CDH

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Should have shopped at Waitrose!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I put horse poo around potatoes on my allotment. She definately wouldn't want to eat them.

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    expat

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I really do think that this woman deserves thousands of pounds in compensayshun. The shock,the stress,the shame etc......The headline should read 'Local shopper contacts local press to get her name into papers in a desperate attempt to claim money from cheap,tardy supermarket chain'.

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    wes1975

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Isn't it always good practice to wash fruit and veg before using?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • I brought a lasagne from asda which contained a large piece of rubber! Luckily my son spat it out, they sent it of to be looked at. Was shocked to then buy toddler sheets from asda took them out of the pack and they were soiled!! I shall not be rushing back.

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    Emdaz

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Let hope reincarnation is not true and she turn out to be a spiders with her babies , and someone squashes her

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    Paul James

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Norfolk mum's horror at the tone of the article about the criminal acts committed by the Frankham family. Does the EDP think it amusing to report that they were not people to be messed with? How do they think the local people feel about that? Are they surprised that no one would talk to them in Walpole? For years we have had this romanticising the activities of this family specifically and travellers in general whilst their criminal activities continue unabated One in twenty prisoners is from a traveller or gypsy family, a disproportionate number relative to the percentage of population. There is a social crisis of lack of integration and an undercurrent of lack of respect for the law. Does the EDP think it a coincidence that the local school has been slammed by Ofsted ? Local MPs like Bellingham should have long been calling for an government inquiry into the disaffection and non compliance with the law and and the lack of respect for the wider community from a minority whose life style is an anachronism. Whilst everyone should be able to live as they choose, that should not include regarding feuds, crime and violence as normal

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Isn't it about time this stupid none story was removed? and why is it under "Politics". It was a spider for goodness sake...... not a 10 ft snake.

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    Mr T

    Monday, April 7, 2014

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