A Morrisons shopper was left horrified when he found a nest of potentially deadly spiders on a bunch of bananas he bought from his local supermarket.
Rafal Murawski, 35, bought the fruit from the branch at the Peel Centre in Bracknell on the morning of Thursday, October 7, and was shocked to find the nest on the outside.
None of the spiders hatched, but Rafal fears they were likely to be the eggs of the world's deadliest arachnid – the Brazilian wandering spider, Berkshire Live reports.
Morrisons says it is unlikely the eggs are from the potentially deadly spider, saying the bananas are from Ecuador, where there are not as many venomous species.
Mr Murawski said: "It was shocking really. I bought the bananas and saw there was this horrible spider's nest on there.
"I hate spiders, so I was quite worried. I knew the bananas had come from Ecuador, so I did some research and read a few articles. I think it's very likely these are the eggs of a Brazilian wandering spider.
"They can be very venomous so obviously it was a worry for me."
Mr Murawski, who describes himself as an arachnophobic, said his seven-year-old son had not been able to sleep because of the idea the spiders were in the house.
And the dad was left surprised by the reaction of the staff when he returned the bananas and said the store manager "just laughed when I told her".
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"She even offered me another bunch from the same batch," he said.
"I was very surprised. I've read in other places stores were closed because of discoveries like these, but there didn't seem to be any process here at all."
A Morrisons spokesperson said: "We're sorry that the customer was worried, but we can confirm our bananas are not sourced from Brazil."
She added the company does not source bananas from Brazil where there are more venomous spiders as the company works with selected farms in South America to ensure high-quality agricultural practices are maintained.
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There are five checkpoints for quality including checks for insects and spiders before the bananas are packed.
There are also "several" inspections when they arrive in the UK.
The spiders get their name because they roam around the jungle floor in South America at night, looking for prey. The Guinness Book of Records says it's the most toxic spider in the world.
However, there are few deaths from its bite as statistics showed just 10out of 7,000 cases were fatal.
The venom can be extremely painful and cause an unwanted erection in men which lasts for four hours.
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