Kraft Heinz recalls contaminated Capri Sun Wild Cherry drinks

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Kraft Heinz recalled more than 5,700 cases of Wild Cherry Capri Sun drinks contaminated with cleaning solutions, the company said in a statement Friday. The recall applies to all products with a “best by” date of June 25, 2023.

The company issued the voluntary recall after the beverages were accidentally mixed with a diluted cleaning solution used on processing equipment at one of its factories.

“The issue was discovered after we received several consumer complaints about the taste of the affected product,” the company said, adding that people who bought the drink should not consume it.

Consumers can return the products to the stores where they were purchased, Kraft Heinz said. “The company is actively working with retail partners and distributors to remove potentially affected products from circulation,” it said in a statement.

Customers who are unsure if their lot is affected can call Kraft Heinz at 800-280-8252.

This is not the first time the company’s drinks have been recalled. Last year, Kraft Heinz, headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, urged consumers not to drink certain Country Time Lemonade, Arizona Tea and Kool-Aid Tropical Punch powdered drinks in the US and Canada after small particles of metal and glass were mixed into the products during production. The company discovered the contamination during an internal review at one of the factories.

Capri Sun also made headlines earlier when a video of a father showing mold in his daughter’s Capri Sun juice bag went viral. Cameron Hardwick of Columbus, Ind., expressed shock at seeing the growth floating on the drink when he poured it into a glass.

“We don’t give these to our kids often, but NEVER again!” he said in a Facebook post. The company responded that when the drinks are punctured, mold can grow and that Hardwick’s case was isolated. The company tested his drink and found a micropuncture in the bag, it told Today.

“We understand that it’s uncomfortable, but mold occurs naturally, just like if you leave an apple on the counter for too long and mold starts to grow,” the company said.

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