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The Capri Sun Mold and Worms Warning

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 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: http://on.fb.me/WsAyCQ

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.

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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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  • Sarah

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

  • Greg

    They used to, now switched back probably cheaper

  • Sherry

    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?

  • waffles

    That could be one reason they haven’t taken this suggestion.

  • Jester

    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.

  • Marley J.

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

  • Jamz

    ‘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…

  • Donna Ricketts

    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.

  • Tenkei

    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.

  • Karen

    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?

    • waffles

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

  • waffles

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

  • addie

    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.

  • Cassy

    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.

  • Jessica

    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!

  • Tina

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

  • Shmidty Jones

    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

  • waffles

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

    • meaniemom

      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

        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.

        • Jester

          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.

  • gena

    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.

  • Hippocrits everywhere

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

    • waffles

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

  • Nic Bolden

    Why not just make the bottom panel clear?

    • waffles

      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.

  • waffles

    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.

    • waffles

      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.

  • Scatman

    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

      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!!!!!!!!

      • Jason

        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.

        • sick

          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?

      • Guest

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

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