Columbus father finds mold in child's Capri Sun

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- A Columbus father found mold in a Capri Sun pouch last month that he was going to give his child. 

Cameron Hardwick posted a video of the discovery in the Capri Sun pouch on Sept. 24. He was going to give the Capri Sun to his 3-year-old child, and he found that one pouch was lighter and different than others.

Hardwick cut the pouch open and poured it into a glass, where some kind of mold was visible. 

His post has more than 21 million views, and 88,000 shares on Facebook. 

"To say we are irate would be an understatement... we don't give these to our children often but will NEVER again!" Hardwick wrote. 

After the video was posted, he contacted Kraft and somebody picked up the pouch. Kraft recently contacted him to tell him it was mold, caused by a micropuncture.

A search of "Capri Sun Mold" shows many other parents with similar issues of mold in Capri Sun pouches.

On Capri Sun's website, the company has a Frequently Asked Questions section about mold. 

It says, in part:

Help! I found mold in my Capri Sun pouch. Will it make my child sick?

We’re so sorry you encountered mold! It’s unpleasant, but it’s unlikely to make you or your child sick. Although it's rare, it is possible for food mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is compromised or punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your grocery stores. Even if the hole is microscopic and not visibly detectable, it can be exposed to air. The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand your concerns. That’s why we created our clear bottom pouches so you can check for mold before enjoying your Capri Sun, while still remaining committed to keeping our drinks free of artificial preservatives. If you have more questions, please call us at 1-800-227-7478. We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids. That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We value your feedback as it helps us improve our processes and products.

Why does mold sometimes grow in juice drinks with no preservatives?

Imagine leaving a piece of fruit like an apple or a strawberry on your counter. After time exposed to the air, mold will grow. Although it's rare, it is possible for food mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is compromised or punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your grocery stores. Even if the hole is microscopic and not visibly detectable, it can be exposed to air. The mold is naturally-occurring, and we understand it’s unpleasant. If you have more questions, please call us at 1-800-227-7478.

What kind of mold sometimes grows in juice drinks with no preservatives?

It’s a common, naturally occurring food mold. Although it's rare, it is possible for food mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is compromised or punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your grocery stores.

I've heard some reports of mold and other reports of fungus. Which is it?

It’s a common, naturally occurring food mold. Although it's rare, it is possible for food mold to grow inside containers of preservative-free juice drinks if the pouch is compromised or punctured in any way on its journey from our facilities to your grocery stores.

What are you doing to prevent mold in Capri Sun pouches?

We care deeply about this issue and about the well-being of our moms, dads and kids. That's why we have invested millions of dollars in our packaging, quality and manufacturing processes to make our pouches even stronger and more resistant to air leaks. We recommend that parents gently squeeze each pouch to check for leaks before serving Capri Sun to their kids. Any leaky or punctured pouches should be discarded.

Do Capri Sun drinks contain any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives?

No. Our commitment to making quality juice drinks that you feel good giving to your kids is unwavering. That’s why all Capri Sun products are made with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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