Australian family find giant spider crawling in Woolworths salad mix

An Australian family who described themselves as "arachnophobic" received a rude shock after finding a huge spider crawling inside a bag of salad they had just purchased from the supermarket.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (Feb 4) addressed to local grocery chain Woolworths, Ms Zoe Perry wrote: "Shopping as per usual for Italian-style salad mix...get it home...mum goes to open the packet and we are greeted by..."

The post was accompanied by a video that showed the giant Huntsman spider moving among the leafy greens.

It has since been watched nearly 6.8 million times, racking up close to 100,000 shares. 

"OMG!" That was the reaction of a Sydney woman who found a HUG...

"Oh my God!" That was the reaction of a Sydney woman who found a HUGE spider inside her Woolworths salad mix bag. *Puts cereal bowl down* Video: Zoe Perry/Facebook

Posted by Daily Telegraph on Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ms Perry went on to question if her discovery was linked to the "salmonella callbacks" of several other brands of salad mix.

Earlier on Thursday, several brands of lettuce mix carried by Woolworths and fellow supermarket giant Coles had been recalled due to salmonella contamination.

One of the brands, Wash N Toss, is imported into Singapore. On Saturday (Feb 6), the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) issued an alert to warn consumers.

Those who have purchased Wash N Toss - produced by Tripod Farmers - should discard it, AVA said in its alert. The salad comes in pillow bags or punnets of 50g to 1kg.

In response to Ms Perry's video, Woolworths said it was very concerned, and that it took incidents like this "very seriously". The supermarket also requested for Ms Perry to leave her phone number.

It clarified that that the salad Ms Perry bought was not affected by the recall as it was from a different farm and supplier.

Facebook users were divided over the spider's presence in the salad bag - while some blamed the lack of quality control, others stood up for the spider and Woolworths.

Ben Avvenevole volunteered: "What if the spider was protecting the salad from other harmful bugs?"

Another commentator, Nathan Wilson, claimed the episode made him more faithful to Woolworths' products as it clearly meant they were "fresh and clean of harsh chemical exposure".

"It's a spider people! Get out of your hole and look around, spiders are a part of life. You should feel for the poor spider as its temporary habitat had just been harvested," he added.

It is not known what happened to the spider.

This article was first published on February 7, 2016.
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