Capri Sun recalls drink pouches due to cleaning solution contamination

The Capri Sun recall applies to one of the brand's favorite flavors...

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If you've got a bunch of Wild Cherry Capri Sun drinks in your pantry or fridge, you probably want to get rid of them right about now: parent company Kraft Heinz just recalled about 5,700 cases of the delicious drink because of a contamination with a diluted cleaning solution used on processing equipment inside one of its factories.

To be clear, the recall applies to all products with a "best when used by" date of June 25, 2023. According to the company, who discovered the issue after it received consumer complaints about the taste of the product, the action affects about 5,700 cases of the item.


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Considering that, on average, each case contains four cartons of the drink and each carton boasts 10 pouches... we're looking at about 230,000 contaminated drinks. That’s a lot.

"The voluntary recall comes after diluted cleaning solution, which is used on food processing equipment, was inadvertently introduced into a production line at one of our factories," reads an official statement by the company. "The issue was discovered after we received several consumer complaints about the taste of the affected product. The Company is actively working with retail partners and distributors to remove potentially impacted product from circulation. Consumers who purchased these items should not consume the product and can return it to the store where it was purchased."

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If you're not sure whether the batch you bought is included in the recall, call Kraft Heinz at 800-280-8252 and they'll guide through the proper process.

This isn’t the first time that the company finds itself in hot water. Back in 2018, Cameron Hardwick took to Facebook (opens in new tab) to share his experience with a Capri Sun pouch. 

Cameron posted a video in which he poured a pouch into the cup and immediately noticed an "unknown substance floating around in the package." Needless to say, the clip caused major consternation across social media and beyond. 

"To say we are irate would be an understatement," Cameron wrote in the caption to his upload. "We don't give these to our children often but will NEVER again!"

In response to the viral thread, Kraft Heinz explained that, when punctured, the pouches could grow mold inside of it. Speaking to Today, the company also said that it ended up testing Cameron's drink and found a "micro-puncture in the pouch." 

Perhaps, we should just all collectively stay away from Capri Sun drinks for a bit?

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