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Feb 26, 2013 09:36 AM

Mold in Capri Sun... and Kraft knows it

I saw this link posted to Facebook and figured it was typical urban legend stuff

After spending some time on snopes I was a bit floored to find Kraft's FAQ page on this

I suppose there's something to be said for "if you want preservative free, you take the good with the bad" but I Googled looking for similar stories on Apple & Eve juices (the ones I buy for my kids) and although they don't use preservatives, there don't seem to be any reports of similar problems. I have to say this turns my stomach a bit, and I wouldn't ever buy Capri Sun again. Part of what gets me about this is Kraft's matter of fact attitude about it, and no mention of a willingness to replace product if people find one of these. Ugh.

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  1. I'm confident that you can return this to a store for a refund should t ever happen. It's not a common occurrence but can happen if the pouch is punctured or the contents are otherwise exposed to air.

    1. I used to drink these growing up and never had a problem. Even in the hot heat of Florida Summers.

      but if I did have a problem I probably wouldn't buy them again.

      On a related/unrelated note. I was listening to the radio and they were talking about Capri Sun. A dad had called up to say that his daughter must have been playing set her capri sun near the window in her play room, and had forgotten about it.

      Some time later she drank it and got sick. They took her to the hospital and found out that the natural juice had fermented and her illness was because she was drunk.

      This opened up another topic about high school kids doing this one purpose. Hah. I had never heard of such a thing but since there are no preservatives it's possible.

      1. I don't get the uproar.

        From what I've read, this happens "when air enters the pouch", in other words--if the seal is broken. ANYTHING will mold if the seal is broken. That's why food is sealed in the first place.

        My question is: Why would you eat something or give it to your kids without checking the seal (or checking the package for bloat) first?

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        1. re: LittleBlackCar

          There's a level of trust that comes in with packaged food products. I don't check every package of cookies, chips, granola bars, or juice I give to my children for tampering, or holes, or anything of concern and I don't know other parents that do. Do you? If I've bought it from a store and stored it appropriately, I assume that they are safe.

          From what I've read on this, even a tiny hole that could be overlooked by a vigilant parent who checks every foodstuff could be a cause of this mold, so I don't really think the blame could be shifted to parents here. Kraft is selling a juice delivery system that is prone to problems, and isn't making efforts to get rid of the problems. They could be using clear pouches, or switching to a material less likely to puncture, or adding preservatives to stop the mold.... they already use HFCS, so really, what's the difference?

          Not using packaged food products, or using packaged food that you then repackage (a bag of pretzels, for example), is one way for parents to avoid this problem, and for the most part that's what I do personally. I do think that if most parents knew there was a chance of mold with this product, they'd choose another product, so I suppose that's the "uproar". The More You Know...

        2. I thought Kraft's response was perfectly reasonable and to the point. Foods without preservatives will get moldy, ferment, whatever. Natural is natural, period - you want natural, or plastic? How about bread - do you get upset if that gets moldy, and blame the bakery? I've bought some - and some other foods, too - that I found to be moldy when I got them home, so I just took'em back. It happens.

          I knew an old retired lumberjack who had a little bakery up in La Honda, CA, making some really interesting bread. He told me he'd taken up baking when he found that the bread he was buying would NOT mold, and assumed - rightly - that this was due to a lot of those ingredients with the long indecipherable names on the label. He decided he'd eaten all that stuff he was going to, and got himself a book on breadmaking.