Couple says they found live scorpion in bag of spinach

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This picture taken on December 15, 2016 shows reptile manger Ben Dessen holding a Flinders Ranges scorpion, the biggest scorpion species in Australia, at a pet store in Sydney. According to the Australian Veterinary Association, exotic pets are becoming "more and more popular", with residents owning millions of birds, fish, small mammals and reptiles. / AFP / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland couple say they found a live scorpion inside a bag of packaged spinach that was purchased from a Giant food store.

Sri Sindhusha Boddapati of Chevy Chase tells news outlets that she was making lunch on Monday when she noticed something crawling inside the bag.

She says she initially thought it was a cricket but realized it was a scorpion after capturing it in a water bottle.

Her husband, Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula, took the bottle to the Landover store where they bought the spinach. He says he asked store officials to stop selling the spinach, but they refused.

In a statement, Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, described what happened as an “isolated incident.” The company says it is taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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