Emmie Field keeps the worm she found in her first sip of a Capri Sun drink in a baggie awaiting someone from Kraft Foods' lab to arrive to test it.
Howell, Mich. (Daily Press & Argus) -- Emmie Field usually takes the first sips of her son Carter's Capri
Sun drink because at 18 months, he has a tendency to spill it when it's
She's never been more glad about
that than Sunday, when she sucked up what appears to be a white worm
through the thin yellow straw.
"I spit it out in the sink," she said. "There wasn't enough mouthwash in the world to get the feeling out of my mouth."
Howell Township woman said when she called the company, representatives
tried to pass off the worm as mold, but she said, "Mold doesn't have a
head like this or wiggle."
said she purchased the drink last week from the Walmart in Fowlerville.
Carter and Field's 4-year-old daughter, Ryleigh, already had consumed
two other pouches out of the same package as well as all of the pouches
in a separate box purchased the same date.
course I called the doctor and asked if this is something I need to be
worried about," she said. "The doctor said they should be fine unless
they start puking."
officials contracted by Kraft Foods are set to visit Field's home on Friday to test the worm, which she said is still moving in a sealed plastic
submitted a written statement to the Daily Press & Argus. The
statement says the company can't be sure without examining the pouch in
question, but in many cases when it's thought that a "worm" is found
inside a Capri Sun pouch, it was mold. "The mold takes the form of a
straw, which can then be mistaken as a worm since it is long and thin,"
the statement reads.
Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said Field's finding appears to be an isolated incident that hasn't affected other customers.
committed to providing customers with safe, quality food," she said.
"As soon as we heard about this incident, we contacted our food-safety
team and reached out to Kraft (Foods), the supplier."
Walmart is awaiting more information from Kraft Foods before taking any action, she said.
Finding mold in Capri Sun pouches is an issue Kraft Foods addresses on the product's "frequently asked questions" page.
In response to a question, "Why is there mold in Capri Sun?" the
company responds that it's "extremely rare" but can occur because the
drink does not contain any artificial preservatives. The fact Capri Sun
is made without preservatives is "something many moms appreciate."
Field said she doesn't purchase the drink for its wholesome properties.
that stuff doesn't cross my mind," she said. "It's just cheap, and they
come in a pack that's good for traveling. I work at Costco, and I
usually get them from there."
to Kraft Foods' website, the food mold can grow inside a pouch that has
been punctured and is exposed to air. The mold is similar to what might
grow on "fruit or bread," and there are no "significant or long-term
health affects associated with consuming this type of mold."
response to "Why don't you use clear pouches?" the website reads: "In
the past, combining different packaging materials has created unique
challenges but we're always examining options that could lead to a
Ward, food enforcement actions spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, said if the object is a worm, it would be a safety
encourages consumers to file "adverse event" reports with the agency
when a violation is in question. Each report is looked into by medical
officer to "see what kind of actions we can take."
action is deemed necessary, Ward said, the FDA would conduct an
inspection. A suspected violation of the Food and Drug Cosmetic Act
would result in the issuing of FDA Form 483, which is basically a
citation, she said. Companies then are required to produce and implement
an corrective action plan. Failure to do so would result in a warning
letter, which is published on the FDA website for public viewing.
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