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6 Feb 2013 - Article No: 1668

Capri Sun Pouch Found to Contain Mold - Facebook Rumour




WARNING TO ALL PARENTS: my friend Jennifer gave her son a caprisun Saturday and he told her it tasted funny. She took a sip and said it tasted like straight alcohol. Cut it open and it was nothing but mold inside. Evidently, this happens a lot. They say the lack of preservatives leaves them susceptible to fermentation.
collected February 2013



ATTENTION EVERYONE!!!!!
Do not purchase Capri suns. If you havent heard already there have been alot of stories of people drinking these Capri suns and a worm or something, yes a WORM comes out!well ITS TRUE!
Yesterday my boyfriends sister was drinking one when she started saying the juice was barely coming out and it tasted funny we pulled up the straw and saw this worm hanging from it!
There are tons of stories and complaints on this problem and KRAFTs food is still putting Capri suns on store shelves!
This is so foul and discussting! They should recall all Capri sun products! Kids drink these things!
So please everyone do not purchase or drink any Capri suns because you will see what Im talking about!!
Like & share please to get the word around! Like & share [SIC]
collected July 2013

The first image above asserts to depict mold found in a Capri Sun container. The second image asserts to depict a worm found in a Capri Sun container.

It is likely that both images actually depict mold. Often mold can appear to initially look similar to a worm on first inspection. Capri Sun products do not contain artificial preservatives - incidentally one of the key selling points of the product - and therefore is likely to spoil when coming into contact with oxygen, which is what happens when the packaging becomes damaged.

Capri Sun said, regarding the first image on their Facebook page that they will need to look at the product to see if it is mold, and that whilst the mold is unpleasant it should not be dangerous. Here is there response -



Weve noticed that there has been loads of discussion on Facebook around a photo of a Capri Sun pouch containing mold. The safety of our products and well-being of our consumers are our top priorities, and we appreciate your openness and the concerns that have been expressed here on our page. We feel it is important that you have the most accurate and up-to-date information from us.

While we have not had the opportunity to examine the affected product, the substance appears to be mold. When we have had the chance to have an independent lab analyze a sample in the past, it was confirmed to be similar to common bread mold. Among the many, many millions of pouches we sell each year, it does happen from time to time because the product is preservative free. A statement is included on all cartons telling consumers to discard any leaking or damaged packages. If mold does occur, we completely agree that it can be unsightly and gross, but it is not harmful and is more of a quality issue rather than a safety issue.

We regularly check our quality control records, product samples and recent consumer contacts for issues or patterns and we dont see anything that indicates this is a broader problem. In regard to the use of clear pouches, we have tried that but found that combining two different packaging materials (front and back) created manufacturing problems. We welcome open feedback, as many of us are parents too, and care deeply about what our kids and your kids drink.

While we hope this as help answer some of your most pressing concerns, we invite you to visit our FAQ tab here for more information: http://on.fb.me/WsAyCQ


And this is not the first time this has happened, with almost identical incidents occurring in 2010 and more recently this time last year.

When selling a product that spoils when the packaging becomes defective it is inevitable that there will be isolated incidents of products reaching the end customer in a less than satisfactory state. Packaging can become defective during manufacturing, during distribution, at the point of sale or even at the home. The Internet is literally littered with hundreds of thousands of complaints and horror stories regarding the state of perishable products when opened. It is a reality that not every product is going to reach every customer in a perfect condition every time, and what we are seeing here is isolated incidents given viral steam due to the power of social networking.

Of course products at the other end of the spectrum to Capri Sun - i.e. products that contain excessive artificial preservatives - are always under scrutiny for being bad for your health, as highlighted by many a documentary regarding the products served by fast food restaurants such as McDonalds. However the consumer needs to realize that products that forgo these preservatives are more likely to become defective, moldy and spoilt when the packaging becomes damaged.

Capri Sun are far from the only drinks company to have complaints made about them for having sub-par drinks reach the end customer due to damaged packaging. Instead this image should serve as a reminder to always check the packaging of perishable products before purchase.

What do you think? Are these incidents justified by the fact that Kraft elect to omit additives in order to provide a healthier drink, or do you think they should take a look at their packaging to see why these defects are happening?



Social media and the Internet is rife with rumour, misinformation, propaganda and untruth. It is like this because people can be irresponsible with what information they choose to share.

Our community works hard to try and debunk and assist in as many cases as possible, as well as teach people how to share responsibly. We believe it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

If you are interested in this, feel free to read our two-part blog. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here or sign up to our mailing list here.


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