Duke Farms announced Wednesday that it will no longer be selling spider eggs and will be “disclosing more information about our spider farm operations.”
The decision follows a public outcry over a video posted on YouTube last month showing an egg farm in Southern California where spiders were sold to customers.
Duke Farms spokesperson Michelle Gagnon confirmed the change in a statement Wednesday, saying the company “made the decision after learning of concerns raised about some of the content posted on the web.”
“We are committed to protecting our consumers, our animals and the environment,” she said.
Dukes announcement comes just days after a new lawsuit was filed against Duke Farms by two consumers in California.
The suit, which is being heard by the California Public Utilities Commission, alleged that the eggs, eggs products and other products sold by Duke Farms to consumers infringe on California’s food safety laws.
Gagnon said the lawsuit “has not been settled,” and that the company is currently reviewing its options and evaluating how to proceed.
She did not specify how the company intends to respond to the California suit.