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Minnesota woman finds black widow spider in grapes

ALBERTVILLE, Minn. -- A Minnesota woman who bought a bag of grapes at Target got a little more than just fruit. She discovered a poisonous spider along for the ride, sticking around even after she washed the grapes with vinegar and baking soda, K...

ALBERTVILLE, Minn. - A Minnesota woman who bought a bag of grapes at Target got a little more than just fruit. She discovered a poisonous spider along for the ride, sticking around even after she washed the grapes with vinegar and baking soda, KMSP-TV reported.

Kelly Steinke says she bought the grapes at a Target store in Monticello.

And Steinke isn't alone. Last week, a Michigan woman had to be hospitalized after she was bitten by a black widow spider when she reached into a bag of grapes, according to WWMT-TV. That's after yet another similar case in Vermont.

The black widow isn't normally found this far north. According to the CDC, they're usually found in the south and west. Symptoms of a bite could include nausea, tremors, increased blood pressure and fever.

"Target is being very helpful and said they would refund me for all the produce in my fridge that I had just bought," Steinke wrote on Facebook. "(T)hey were able to confirm which store, and confirm the produce I had just bought to replace it. So Target is awesome! Just need to watch your produce that is from Mexico and organic, mainly grapes and bananas seem to attract Black Widows."

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