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Local mother finds mold inside child's juice pouch

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A local mother discovers a disturbing surprise when she gave her child a Capri Sun juice pouch this weekend.  

"[My daughters] have been telling me it tasted kind of funny," Cassandra Auldridge said. "When she brought it to me, I touched my tongue to the straw and it tasted like fermented juice."   

Auldridge bought eight boxes of Capri Sun for her 19 and 7-year-old daughters about a week ago, but it wasn't until Sunday that one of her daughters noticed that the drink tasted funny.

"My older daughter came in and she said 'Mom you got to taste this. She is right. There is something wrong,'" Auldridge said. "When they did that this stuff started coming out of the...it looked like...I don't know...it looked like a worm-like substance. Honestly, it looked like a flat worm."   

Auldridge was able to return the eight boxes of Capri Sun she bought at the Wooded Acres H-E-B. Since then, H-E-B has taken the drinks to their quality assurance lab for testing, but Auldridge fears for her daughters health.

"She kept getting stomachaches and I kept giving her this to re-hydrate," she said. "I think I was prolonging her stomachache."  

News Channel 25 reached out to Kraft Foods, makers of Capri Sun, to respond about the matter.

They sent a statement that read, "Although it's extremely rare, because Capri Sun does not contain any artificial preservatives, something moms appreciate, it is possible for food mold to grow inside a pouch that has been punctured and exposed to air. What usually forms is a common food mold, similar to what might grow on fruit and bread. In the past, experts have told us there are no significant or long-term effects associated with consuming this type of mold, though we understand how bad of an experience it can be for the child to drink."

Kraft Foods says this isn't a common problem, but it is an issue they are aware of. They have invested more than $2 million to make the pouches stronger, and they have addressed the mold problem on their web site.

Auldridge says she doesn't believe there was a hole in her child's juice pouch that caused the mold, and has a message for all parents.

"We as parents have to be responsible for what we are giving our kids. Just because the label looks pretty and it's cheap, and it's something that is juice and we think it's right," Auldridge said. "If you can't see what is in the package. I wouldn't buy it."   

Because Capri Sun juice pouches are in non-transparent pouches, Kraft Foods recommends to gently squeeze the pouches to check for leaks before giving them to your kids. If you find a leak, apparent product damage, or unusual swelling, throw the juice pouch away.

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