Big Island woman finds mold in unexpired Capri Sun drink

Photo courtesy: Sheneh Dela Rosa
Photo courtesy: Sheneh Dela Rosa

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Chances are you’ve seen the fruity foil pouches in a cooler at some point. But what Shyenne Dela Rosa’s family found lurking in their pouch of Capri Sun was something hard to stomach.

“When my sister was about to insert the straw where the straw needs to go, there was a green mold like substance in it,” said Dela Rosa, who lives on the Big Island. “So when she put the straw in the mold like substance, it started oozing out, so I told my sister to cut it open.”

She said they scraped out mold that had built up inside.

“I saw a post about it about the Capri Sun mold build up, but I didn’t want to believe until I seen it for myself,” Dela Rosa said.

So KHON2 looked into it and found a host of questions and explanations from the manufacturer about the mold problem on the Kraft Foods website.

The company says, “…because Capri Sun does not contain any artificial preservatives… it is possible for food mold to grow inside a pouch that has been punctured and is exposed to air.”

“A lot of people don’t want a lot of chemicals in their products, so sometimes this is the backside,” said Peter Oshiro with the state Department of Health’s Sanitation Branch. “There is no immediate health problem with ingesting these mold items. It’s more of a yuck factor.”

“I definitely won’t be having my kids drink that at this point. They drink it all the time, not no more after that,” Honolulu resident James Kinimakalee said.

“As a parent, I think I’d probably avoid it until they fix this problem,” visitors Doreen Ho and Mamo Waianuhei said.

Since the health department says it’s not much of a concern, they suggest that anyone who wants to drink Capri Sun should check the box, make sure that it’s completely sealed, or check for any moisture. If there’s any tackiness or stickiness on the pouch, give it a little bit of a squeeze to see if any liquid comes out. Anyone who notices these things should return it to the store.

Kraft Foods says it has invested more than $2 million to improve the pouches, but still can’t guarantee that mold will not grow.

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