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Foreign object in Capri Sun- what is this thing?!

June 11, 2010

A friend of mine clued me into a photo set that a Florida woman posted on Facebook. It contains various shots of a “foreign object”, as these things are typically called, that she found in a leaking Capri Sun package that she had recently purchased from a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Homestead, Florida. The Capri Sun flavor is Apple Splash, and her package was produced in China. When she first extracted the object it looked like this.

A courier came a few days later to take samples from the object to send to their lab, and so she was forced to cut it up for him.

She reported on one of the photo comment pages that she didn’t feel like she was cutting fruit, but that it was more akin to cutting through a “tough steak”.

She sent the three smaller pieces to an independent DNA lab. Yesterday they sent her a photo of someone examining the samples in the lab to find out just what the hell this thing is.

I totally applaud this woman for taking it upon herself to figure out what the heck this thing is, rather than relying on Kraft to do it for her. I always feel so horrible for people who find these things in their food. This is the first time I’ve seen someone document it on Facebook, which makes it all the more real and disgusting. Seeing the object lying next to the Capri Sun package that she’d cut open and extracted it from… it’s so nasty!

I suppose it’s possible that this is an apple; if you’ve ever dehydrated an apple before, or purchased dehydrated apples from Trader Joe’s or wherever, you can probably see the similarities in shape and size. But I dunno. It seems odd for it to remain solid in the package for so long, even if there are ridiculous amounts of preservatives in there. It doesn’t look like a blob of mold or anything like that. It kind of looks like a portabella mushroom or a kombucha baby, but why would either of those fungi be anywhere near the assembly line of a Capri Sun factory?

If you want to peep the entire photo set for yourself, go here. You can also find the lot number for her Capri Sun case there. There’s no available contact info on the object victim’s Facebook page, so you can’t comment there unless you are her friend.

[To the owner of these photos (and of the "object"), if you happen to read this: 1. you have my deepest sympathies for how truly gnarly this experience must be for you, and 2. I mean no disrespect by posting your photos here, and if you wish for me to take them down I will happily do so. It's just so disgusting, and everyone needs to know!]

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2010 2:07 AM

    It looks like one of those blister bandaids…and to that I say EEEw. Also, to that I say – why are you updating your blog at 2am. You are a blogsmoniac. Although, if you are still up – text me.

    • msjacks permalink*
      June 11, 2010 2:09 AM

      I took the wrong cold medicine! But now I took the right cold medicine and am going to sleep. Hopefully. Gonna try anyway, as I have to wake up in like 5 hours. :( FROWNY FACE

  2. seanz permalink
    June 11, 2010 9:31 AM

    in the first pic it looked like an eye.

  3. June 11, 2010 11:15 AM

    sorry, first thing I see is “cow eyeball.”

  4. Loyd permalink
    June 11, 2010 1:43 PM

    I say it’s mold. She did say the package was leaking, so there was a hole in the container. Who knows how long it sits before it is sold.

  5. June 11, 2010 2:44 PM

    I blogged about the same topic ( http://sacchettisays.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/tisk-tisk-kraft-tisk-tisk/) Have you seen the frenzy on their Facebook page? Interesting stuff for sure….

  6. June 11, 2010 3:51 PM

    I agree with the eyeball. We disected eyes in high school and that is what it looked like. I hope for the woman’s sake that it is just a dried up apple! Ewww that is gross! Thanks for sharing!

  7. blackwatertown permalink
    June 11, 2010 5:22 PM

    it’s probably a piece of apple that has seen better days.
    but in the top picture it looks a bit like a shrivelled up condom. oh dear.

  8. msjacks permalink*
    June 11, 2010 8:20 PM

    Oh god, I found another blogger who found something in THEIR Capri Sun, too! UGHHHHH!!!!

    http://msjacks.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/capri-sun-still-wondering/

  9. chelsea permalink
    June 13, 2010 1:12 PM

    Why has no one decided to make this a lawsuit? This is somewhat a serious problem. I’m starting to think this is a hoax just because this hasn’t been on the news or anything. And Capri Sun should definitely be sued for this.

  10. tony permalink
    June 16, 2010 12:52 PM

    I think it’s funny that you said it doesn’t look like mold but it looks like a mushroom …. HUH!… Mold/Fungus same difference. I work at a food processing plant myself and know without a doubt without testing it that it is mold.

    • msjacks permalink*
      June 16, 2010 1:00 PM

      Definitely not the same thing. Fungus kingdom, yes, but the mushroom is like the “fruit” of the plant.

      If your work in a food processing plant means you’ve seen this type of thing time and time again and you’re consequently an expect on mold identification, God help us all.

  11. Adam permalink
    June 18, 2010 4:31 PM

    The second picture looks like foreskin

  12. Jenna permalink
    June 28, 2010 2:57 PM

    Its a dead vermin!EWW

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