A horrified ASDA shopper found a deadly poisonous brown widow spider and its nest hiding inside a punnet of grapes.

Danni Murphy, 24, bought the pack of grapes from an ASDA branch in Wales, and was horrified to discover a web tangled around the fruit.

Eagle-eyed Danni then spotted a poisonous brown widow spider crawling inside the plastic punnet, which was shipped over from Brazil.

The step-mum-of-one took the plastic tub to ASDA to investigate and has urged fruit lovers to be more careful when buying produce.

Danni, from Cwmbran in south Wales, said: “When I peeled back the lid of the grapes and saw the web I was really shocked.

The 24-year-old said the creature's legs were moving a bit but assumed it was dying due to the cold temperatures

“Luckily owning tarantulas I know to be careful, so I got some tweezers and cautiously moved the grapes and found an egg sac straight away.

“I thought it wasn’t normal because the egg sac was spiky.

“Usually if there’s an egg sac around, the mum is nearby, so I went through the grapes with the tweezers and spotted a spider.

“I picked up by the leg with the tweezers and put it in a tub.”

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She said the creature's legs were moving a bit but assumed it was dying due to the cold temperatures it had been exposed to.

Danni added: “I got in touch with my mum, who owns tarantulas and a few spider expert groups to help me try and identify the spider, and they believed it was a brown widow.

“Brown widows are fairly equal to black widows and the females are venomous but they’re less aggressive.

“It’s really nerve-wracking to think that the potentially deadly spider could have bitten me and I’m relieved that I noticed it.

"It was quite a shocking experience and my partner Chris was freaked out – I'm just glad my seven-year-old step-daughter Mia didn't find it."

Danni found the spider dead and took the grapes back to the Asda store and urged staff to investigate

The following day, Danni found the spider dead and took the grapes back to the Asda store and urged staff to investigate.

As a goodwill gesture, Asda gave Danni a new punnet of grapes and a £10 gift card, and promised to look into how the dangerous critter made its way into the punnet.

Danni said: “I’m now going to be a lot more wary of fruit and I’m glad I noticed the spider when I did.

“I would warn others that if they see anything in their fruit, they should put it in their freezer for 24 hours to make sure everything is dead before taking it to the supermarket for them to investigate - it is the safest option.

An ASDA spokesman said: "In 2019 we sold over 70 million punnets of grapes and each and everyone is hand-picked, going through rigorous quality checks before being transported to store.

"As soon as we were made aware of this we launched a full investigation to identify where the spider came from and we are in contact with Ms Murphy to keep her updated with the outcome.

"We'd like to reassure all our customers at our Cwmbran store that the chance of finding a spider in their fruit is incredibly low."