The Capri Sun Mold and Worms Warning

Reports that Capri Sun, the popular children’s drink, has been found to contain mold or worms is a hot news item this week, fueled by a photo which appears to show a moldy cup of juice. What is the truth about this story?

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The mold is real, but the worms likely aren’t.

Capri Sun contains no preservatives, which means mold can in fact grow if there are any breaches in the packaging, even a pinhole sized opening.

The Photo
The photo (right) of a glass containing a murky, moldy Capri Sun mixture is what has fueled the latest controversy regarding mold in the juice pouches when it was posted earlier this week. Others have posted similar photos on the Capri Sun Facebook page. The photo has been circulated with the following caption:

WARNING TO ALL PARENTS: my friend Jennifer gave her son a capri sun 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. I will never let Delo drink another. FYI: this pouch expires April 2013 and we don’t own a delorian to go “back to the future” so it wasn’t expired. :) God bless, have a great day! 

Official Response
The Capri Sun Facebook page has been a hotbed of discussion on the topic. To their credit, Kraft – the distributor of Capri Sun – and the Capri Sun admins have been available to discussion on the matter. They have not denied that mold can grow in the pouches in certain circumstances, though they claim it is a rare occurrence. They address it on their website FAQ, and posted a response to the topic on Facebook:

We’ve 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 don’t 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:

Facebook Outrage
The response above hasn’t been enough for some people, who have taken to Facebook to lambaste the company.  Their statement that the mold wasn’t harmful to ingest may be true, but it hasn’t sat well with some, who believe this represents a dismissive attitude.

Some have claimed to have found worms in Capri Sun packaging, but most agree that this was probably mold in the shape of the straw, which would in fact take on a worm-like appearance if the mold were drawn into the straw after insertion.

July 2013
The mold issue arose again in July 2013. Once again, consumers are expressing concern on the official Facebook page. One official response has been repeated several times:

While extremely rare, it is possible for food mold to grow inside a pouch that has been punctured and is exposed to air, because Capri Sun does not use artificial preservatives. What usually forms is a common food mold, similar to what might grow on fruit or bread. Experts have told us there are no significant or long-term health effects associated with consuming this type of mold, though we understand how bad of an experience it can be.

Earlier Stories
The 2013 “outbreak” of Capri Sun mold stories is not the first time the problem has come to light.

  • February 2012: A CBS affiliate in Philadelphia reported that a local mom was raising awareness of the mold problem when her daughter’s Capri Sun contained mold, and the pouch showed no leakage or holes.
  • June 2012: Here is a rather extensive Capri Sun mold story from June 21, 2010 in the LA Times, in which a nearly identical situation is described.
  • 2008: The issue was brought up in this Yahoo answers question.

Bottom Line

Mold in Capri Sun juice pouches is possible, and the company admits that to be the case. Those pouches which show obvious signs of damage, puncture, or leakage are most likely to be affected. If you are worried about pouches in your home, the best thing to do is cut them open and pour them into a clear glass. This of course defeats the purpose of having a handy, portable juice pouch.

Article updated July 14, 2013

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46 Comments on The Capri Sun Mold and Worms Warning

  1. My nephew found a worm in his Capri sun. It was not mold I examined it, it was a WORM

  2. They used to, now switched back probably cheaper

  3. How about this there to money tight to connect a clear peace on the back. So make the whole F-ing pouch clear and have no logo no one cares about your logo an it’s on the box anyways so make it clear all over and put Capri sun in big letters on it tadaaaaaaa fixed.

  4. Fred Newton // July 26, 2013 at 5:20 am // Reply

    make the back side of the pouch clear like how kool-aid jamer use to do.

  5. The boy who found the worm or parasite in his Capri Sun drink has right to be upset. I don’t for a second believe that was mold. Mold does not look like that. Slimmy like a hook worm or parasite. These drinks are made in China, what do you expect?

  6. I was thinking… if the whole pouch is clear, it might make the problem worse. A lot of moms leaves these in boxes in their pantry or taken out and put in bins. If a clear pouch is exposed to a little bit of light it might get cloudy or tinted on it’s own. Light does weird things to stuff… just a thought. And if there IS mold present it would grow much faster too, and the product would probably have an even shorter shelf life. Just Sayin.

  7. In regards to the person who said there is always water, while I agree with that.. water is very healthy for you.. most tap waters are fluoridated now and anyone who has thoroughly researched this will understand that many believe it to be a toxic poison. Boiling water does not get rid of fluoride in water either, in fact it only serves to concentrate it more. Water filters like Brita and Pur will filter out most anomalies that can potentially be found in water, but not fluoride. So that leaves you with purchasing bottled water (which quite possibly could be fluoridated as well you never know I suppose) or purchasing a water filtration system for your taps that filters everything including fluoride, though it will run you 500$ or more for a good one. :P

  8. If you all think this is gross you should see what IS ALLOWED to be in your food. Canned mushrooms are allowed so many maggots per can. Yes I said maggots. Thats just 1 example. There was an article the other day gaurenteed to make most readers here never want to eat again. Just grow, bake, make, can, or freeze as much yourself as you can. The food industry is kind of gross & it is allowed to be. Deal with it or do it yourself.

  9. I agree with this if anything people should petition to have the back of the pouches made clear!!!

  10. ‘Capri Sun contains no preservatives, which means mold can in fact grow if there are any breaches in the packaging, even a pinhole sized opening’

    Its simple and right infront of your face people!!!

    If the drink is leaking then just throw it away, and if there is no leak when you give it a slight squeeze then the drink is fine!!

    Why is the internet just a breeding ground for utter tards…

  11. Love reading people’s ignorance sometimes. Bacterial molds are not always bad, if they were yogurts, sour creams, cheese, keifer, beers, wine, breads, etc… would all be lethal. Yes any product made with no preservatives means the possibility of it fermenting and converting any sugar in the drink to alcohol which would be the most harmless thing it could do in general. Second to that is fermenting to a yeast (If the pouch was never properly stored and in a warm environment).

    Just look up information about creating homemade yeast, one method is letting fruits/vegetables to rot in water stored in a warm environment. So those bad Capri batches that created a yeast mold which is mailable by a suction force of a straw to get a worm like shape is like functional if you wanted to make bread (Hence their statement of being nothing more than bread mold though better I think if they said it was yeast water common to making breads.)

    The uneasy part for me in this is that mold can be created in drinks like this from skin flakes or other unsanitary means which would be extremely bad and would be dangerous molds to consume. For me the best thing Kraft could do is prove that every possible sanitary methods is being enforced. If the molds are just a result of the fruit in the drink fermenting that is not such a big deal. If the molds are possibly from a different source that is bad.

  12. Don’t know what the fuss is about if you buy mass produced products these things will happen, i’ve experienced this in several different products over the years (and not just in drinks)and will still happily give me four year old. What ever happened to common sense people?

    • That’s true that it does happen with other packaged products, and it’s not unique to Capri Sun.

  13. wake up and smell the coffee // July 14, 2013 at 12:18 pm // Reply

    This is discusting. I like how they say that mold won’t hurt you. GIVE MY CHILD MOLD AND HE WILL DIE. There is a reason we like our food and drink products to be clean. We live in a better world than this.

    • Being told that mold in their product won’t hurt you isn’t a very satisfying answer!

    • Donna Ricketts // July 16, 2013 at 2:50 am // Reply

      Mold can be dangerous but most mold isn’t. Anti-biotics are made from mold (or at least used to be, it is entirely possible they make synthetics now), people eat blue cheese with mold in all the time, there is a “bloom” on grapes and even cranberries have a bloom which is actually what makes them good for you. If your child has a mold allergy that is a different matter but when they say “it’s not dangerous” they mean to the average person, some people are allergic to fruit after all. There is a lot of research that suggests children no longer consume enough germs which leads to weaker immune systems and actually makes them more susceptible to illness when they come into contact with anything that isn’t sterile.

  14. So if there has been incidents of mold and worms in capri-sun why doesn’t kraft have a statement if mold is found to call a telephone # to report the incidents or for other people to call and give the # UPC product code so the company can check at least the expiration date. The company can hav the customers return them to the store where they were purchased.

    • Because they could not afford this as their are too many that are affected with this problem and I do not think its a punctured bad , It’s the dirty factories and packaged probably are not regulated , I mean it is a german made product sold in the us since the 80’s ,, maybe it’s time for a change and like I said earlier bring back to the usa make our own package produce and sale in the USA, oh wait they won’t make money if they have to pay fair wages to their workers sorry my mistake.

  15. Yes, it’s true, the worms are real. My friend and I were drinking a couple of Capri Suns at my house, (My mom always buys them for my brother) when suddenly she ran over to the kitchen sink and spit it all out. The worm was about five inches long, and white in colour. It was horrific. I made sure my mom got rid of the juice pouches and she hasn’t bought them since. I recommend sticking to water.

  16. Capri Suns DO have mold in them. I know because my friend had just drank a Capri Sun and then got sick to her stomach. Right after she drank it and got sick,she went to the nurse. I was going to ask the nurse to cut open her Capri Sun pouch but I didn’t. She walked in the nurses office and was very pale. She went home from school. All of a sudden I realized that there was something in her juice box!

  17. Clear pouches, figuring a different self life… Boom, problem solved. Although that’s disgusting as hell, and I wouldn’t probably risk it. WATER!

  18. I think that is absolutely gross! I always drink Capri Suns and then I started to drink kool-aid jammers. I was at school and i was drinking a kool aid jammers and my friend said don’t drink that. I asked why and she told me about the capri sun mold and “worms” problem. So then I told her it wasn’t a capri sun. I went to the store and they where still selling them. Once my cousin was drinking one and she looked on the box and it was EXPIRED!!! And her mom had just bought it the day before!!(im 12 yrs old BTW). Im surprised nobody has sued them yet. Like really….you could at least make the pouch clear…..

  19. Shmidty Jones // March 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm // Reply

    The worms are in fact real. I caught the biggest rainbow trout of my life with one. Oh boy you bet she gave me fight, but I tired her out after 45 minutes. Trout don’t eat mold people Trout eat worms. Let me tell yall a story here now one day off of my boat i was fishin and got a hankering for one of them sippy pouchers and took a sip and no juice was coming out so i took the straw out and a worm parasite came oozin on outa there like a duck in a burnin bungaloo any way folks never buy capri sun they are the devil -shmidty jones out

  20. so everyone keeps suggesting a clear back and its been shot down due to mixing materials-so here’s a thought—- MAKE THE WHOLE POUCH CLEAR!! you can print on clear plastic. veggie companies do it all the time!

    • Good idea. They haven’t addressed the idea an entirely clear pouch yet but maybe they should!

      • And the scary part to that idea is I never went to college! I’m sure they have hundreds that work for them that have associates, bachelors, engineering, dietary, and a whole load of other assorted degrees hanging on their walls, yet it takes a stiff with a public high school diploma to come up with that. Incredible!

        • The anti-idiot // July 16, 2013 at 5:05 am // Reply

          Clear packaging is not required. In order for mold to grow, there must be exposure to air. Simply rotate and squeeze the pouch gently. If no leaks are discovered, the integrity of the packaging has not been compromised, and no mold should be present. Another argument against clear packaging; Capri Sun is a clear drink. I’m sure studies have found/would find consumers prefer the color of the drink to at least be somewhat indicative of the flavor, leading me to believe the choice of packaging was very deliberate. Personally, there’s something unappealing about a clear juice drink. So as long as no holes can be found that would have allowed air to enter, the drink has not reached its expiration date, and it hasn’t been subjected to any extreme temperatures or conditions, there should absolutely be no mold or worms present.

          • BINGO I’m willing to bet 99% of the pouches that have had mold grow in them were subject to extreme tempretures. Either in transit to the store or in the purchasers vehicle. Hot day hours or so in the trunk of the car.The holes in the pouches can be damn near microscopic. i have had a pouch with mold. I found no leak & it did not sit in my car. Did it get hot in the trailer while being shipped? It’s possible. Kraft reimbursed me for the purchase price of the whole box. I admit I no longer buy them. It kinda turned me off to the product. Are other brands of Box drinks safer I don’t know. I went to bottling filtered water & adding flavoring to it. works for me.

  21. THERES ALWAYS WATER! It is better for you nothing to make it, cost nothing and there is nothing in it and if your really all that stubborn about tap water you can always boil it to male sure THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN IT refrigerate wash jug and repeat. What’s more simple. My son wants fruit juice. He grabs the juicer and makes TRULY 100% JUCIE nothing added.

  22. Hippocrits everywhere // February 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm // Reply

    I love how people want all natural products that don’t contain preservatives or extraneous chemicals then complain when things like this happen.

    • That’s actually a good point that hasn’t been brought up. “No preservatives” is usually advertised as a good thing.

  23. Why not just make the bottom panel clear?

    • They addressed this: “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 agree with you that they should probably re-visit this idea.

  24. Seriously? This is not new by any means and if the product is so disgusting, don’t buy it! Let’s see – no chemical preservatives and a shorter shelf life because of this. Why not either keep it shorter periods of time OR maybe, buy something else? It appears the social media sites are a hot bed for people trying to get their 15 minutes….. And so far, not one person has a package with a confirmed “worm” in it do they? NO???? That’s what I thought you said….. These same people continue to stuff their kids on junk fast food, products with GMO’s, artificial sweeteners & preservatives (that were NEVER intended to be consumed by humans), and other such anomalies and then scream over a literally harmless mold known about for years?????? These complaints are further evidence they need a cranial rectal inversion procedure.

  25. @scatman i understand there may be other factors to what may have really happened however do you honestly think its a good idea to keep giving these drinks to kids if there is any remote chance that this is true. I have two kids and one on the way and I have completely stopped giving these to my children there are other juice options for children to drink. not only has there been reports of mold but there have also been reports of worms and other insects coming out of these drinks sorry but i will never give another one of these to my kids again im not one of those over protective mothers but when it comes to my kids health drinking mold and worms concerns me as a health risk!!!!!

  26. They said that “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.” It would seem based on the current PR disaster that they might want to revisit this option.

    • It doesn’t have anything to do with “PR” as I know that their is certain material that can be produced for the process of manufacturing and packing/filling….their is a process and it has to be done properly – because your very few “stories” would add to millions of stories…. So no, clear pouches cannot with stand the production runs to be then safely filled with your products. I know everything is a conspiracy when you ask a question and it is answered, but then don’t like the answer because your idea wasn’t used.

      • No one has claimed conspiracy, but their answer isn’t satisfactory to a small, but vocal, group of consumers.

        Two sayings come to mind: “When there’s a will, there’s a way,” and “Give the people what they want.”

        Considering their Facebook page is still being hit with complaints of mold, it doesn’t take many of these angry voices to do damage. These incidents are probably very isolated, and Capri Sun likely has encountered difficulties in producing clear pouches. It doesn’t seem, however, that complaints of mold will go away by simply leaving things as they are.

        And clear juice pouches do exist, by the way, which is another reason their response has not resonated well.

  27. How about consumers checking the juice bag’s date before buying one that expires in a week or two? Or stop keeping stockpiles of Capri Sun; I don’t care if they were on sale 6 months ago for 1/2 price and you bought a 2 year supply. Buy what you’ll use in a reasonable time. How do we know these moldy juices weren’t improperly stored? Left in the back of soccer mom’s minivan/suv for hours, in the sun, and then refrigerated? I need more info before screaming, “Ban Capri Sun Juice Bags!”

    • steven holms // April 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm // Reply

      It cant be mold in the shape of the straw because the straw is sealed on the outside of the pouch.The facts are all turning up its worms! NASTY!!! FLESHY!!! WORMS!!!!!!!!

      • Yeah that is true but then straw is inserted into the pouch and sucked on pulling the mold up through the straw, when you pull out the straw your left with the straw shaped mold, This could give the appearance of a worm to an unsuspecting costumer and i find it unlikely that there actually was worms in the Capri suns. The mold alone has turned my off the Capri Suns, it’s a shame though i did like them but cutting open the pouch each time takes away the point in buying them.

        • I’m sorry but think about it even if you put the straw in and sucked with all your might you will not be able to pull up enough of the mold to create a worm shape it would just be clogged “Tested with like substance” straw is too thin … then if you pulled the straw out why would it be as if you blew out on the straw to create the worm look , this company is just covering their butts from a law suit so take it to them get rid of one more of these money hungry corporate scumbag company’s and take back our production make a new drink bag and tag in USA !!! and my aunt had a brand new box straw was clogged we cut open and dumped into a cup sure enough a white worm living off of the mold was in their !!! wake up people the ones discouraging these accusations probably work or have money into this company !!!!! not the idividuals who buy their products. I wander after this if they even will consume their own products?

      • No you fool, if you read it properly it says the mold was sucked into the straw after insertion into the drink.

    • I just purchased A box of Capri Sun and I noticed that it taste just like BEER!!! The expiration date on the juice is July/2014. It was the only one to taste like that throughout the whole box.

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