Does the popular kids drink in the iconic silver pouch really have a problem with mold, and does Kraft know about it?
TRUE: But it isn't harmful to most and happens sometimes due to lack of preservatives.
Rumor debunking site Snopes says there's a warning making the rounds of social media about mold growing in Capri Suns. Snopes also says that warning is correct.
The latest incident happened earlier this month in Rockford, Ill., where, according to local TV station WIFR, a woman said she found mold in her case of Capri Sun, but only after most of her family drank it. And a TV station in Honolulu, Hawaii, reported a similar incident happened at the end of June.
It appears the issue came to a head in July 2012, when two separate families in Virginia Beach, Va., reached out to local television station WAVY to complain about a strange taste in their normally sweet fruit juice. As Snopes points out, two separate incidents in January and February of that year preceded the story.
Gross as the idea of swallowing liquid mold may seem, Kraft, Capri Sun's parent company, says it's the result of something else that parents like: a lack of preservatives. Kraft even has an answer to the question on its official FAQ. "Although it's extremely rare," writes the company, "because Capri Sun does not contain any artificial preservatives, something many moms appreciate, it is possible for food mold to grow inside a pouch that has been punctured and is exposed to air." Kraft goes on to say that the mold, while unpleasant, isn't harmful, comparing it to the stuff that might grow on fruit or bread.
And according to Live Science, researchers say there are five types of fungi that have been identified in Capri Sun. "While the findings have an 'ick' factor, the fungi probably aren't harmful to most people, said study researcher Kathleen Dannelly, associate professor of microbiology at Indiana State University," Live Science reports.
"Probably, those of us with healthy immune systems, we could even eat that, and that wouldn’t be a problem," Dannelly told Live Science, referring to the fungal mats in Capri Sun.
Capri Sun's website tells customers to check the box to make sure that it’s completely sealed. If there’s any stickiness on the pouch, give it a squeeze to check the liquid.
Kraft Foods, which has invested more than $2 million to improve the pouches, says it still can’t guarantee that mold will not grow.
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