Woman finds dangerous spider in Woolworths veges

What would you do if you found a dangerous spider lurking in your store-bought vegetables? You post your find on

What would you do if you found a dangerous spider lurking in your store-bought vegetables? You post your find on Facebook of course!

A Queensland woman is lucky not to have been bitten by a dangerous redback spider after she found it hiding in the broccoli she had purchased from her local Woolworths supermarket.

Dee Nott, from the Gold Coast region, received the nasty surprise as she was washing her broccoli. She quickly contacted Woolworths through its Facebook page, posting a picture of the fierce critter and the following note:

“Hi team Woolworths. I just had a nasty surprise — a live redback spider in my broccoli purchased today at your Runaway Bay store.

“I am lucky it did not bite me as I washed it. I plan to take in the critter (now frozen) and my receipt tomorrow. I thought I should mention it in case there is an infestation.”

Hats off to Nott for thinking so clearly.

Woolworths responded swiftly, encouraging Nott to provide her contact details so they could discuss the matter further.

The redback spider is an indigenous species to Australia. It is one of the few spider species that can be seriously harmful to you. If bitten, you will feel pain around the bite site, which becomes more severe and can progress up the bitten limb. Pain persists over many hours and in cases of severe poisoning, symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, headache and agitation.

Have you ever found a nasty surprise in your supermarket purchased food? Tell us about the experience.

  1. Helen Parry  

    If customers want organic fruit and veggies, they have to be prepared for the organic bugs and insects too. I don’t know how you can control pests completely without poisons.

  2. Yes, some years ago from Coles. Redback spider hiding in white grapes. Found while washing them. I think he was a bit dopey as the grapes had been in the fridge.

  3. colin  

    the fresh food people…lol… but seriously its not that funny

  4. Robin giacovani  

    I grow my own silver beet, last year I picked a bunch for dinner 3 had made a home in the leaves! Just washed them down the sink with hot water, then imagined them coming up twice as big mutant! Put the plug in for a few days! Haha nature is everywhere, chill out!

  5. Dina Brookes  

    I once found a tiny cream coloured frog in my spinach I had purchased from woolies.

  6. Susan Bell  

    I got bitten by a red back, total hell for a number of days. The pain got worse over the days to the point of unbearable. Day three, I had a psychotic incident. I never want to go through that again. How can I be posting too fast? This is my first post today and has been rejected twice with the message “low down you are posting too fast”??????

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