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11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

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Originally thought to be mold, closer inspection found spider nest

A British family was set to enjoy a tasty, nutritious treat when they made a most unwelcome - and alarming surprise. Taking a banana they purchased from a nearby market, they at first thought a white patch was mold. Upon closer inspection, they found it to be a spider's nest - necessitating a departure from their home.

The supermarket that sold the bananas, Sainsbury's at first gave the Taylor's $16 gift card  but said this was only an 'initial act of good will.' It has now given the Taylors 'a substantial cash sum,' according to a statement.

The supermarket that sold the bananas, Sainsbury's at first gave the Taylor's $16 gift card but said this was only an "initial act of good will." It has now given the Taylors "a substantial cash sum," according to a statement.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Banana, spiders, Britain, supermarket


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Poor 29-year-old Consi Taylor was halfway through eating the banana when she made the most unappetizing discovery.

"I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders," Taylor told reporters. "They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet."

Sending a picture of the spiders, she sent it to her local pest control company who informed her family that the tiny critters could be Brazilian wandering spiders, a species listed in the 2010 Guinness World Records as the world's most venomous spider!

Understandably, the Taylors evacuated their home and had it fumigated.

Entomologist Steven Falk, associated with the invertebrate conservation trust Buglife, said that even if the spiders had been the venomous wandering spiders - the babies didn't pose a real threat to humans.

"The truth is often very mundane," Falk told reporters, adding that "a baby spider doesn't have big enough jaws to bite you."

Manager of identification and advisory service at the National History Museum in London, Stuart Hine, said that the fumigation was "wholly unnecessary," as, even in their natural environment, only one in 500 spiderlings make it to adulthood.

The supermarket that sold the bananas, Sainsbury's at first gave the Taylor's $16 gift card  but said this was only an "initial act of good will." It has now given the Taylors "a substantial cash sum," according to a statement.

Sainsbury's, hiring their own entomologist said that the arachnids were "likely to be a foliage spider or Cheiracanthium," adding that "all forms of wandering spider are unlikely to survive in this country, either inside or outside, due to their need for warmth and humidity.

"We're very sorry and have apologized to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor," the store wrote. "We do have rigorous controls on imported products at all stages - from harvesting to transportation - which is why this is so rare."

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