Capri Sun and King’s Hawaiian Recalled in Cleaning Fluid, Bacteria Scares

Summer-fun treats have been pulled from shelves over concerns about contamination by cleaning solution and the toxin that causes botulism
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There may indeed be only one Capri Sun, but it’s not such great-tasting fun when you punch open one—if that one gives you a mouthful of cleaning solution. Hence, Kraft Heinz is recalling thousands of cases of the summery concoction.

The company announced in a statement Friday that a diluted cleaning agent, used on food-processing equipment, was inadvertently introduced into a production line at one of its factories, NBC News reports.

In all, Kraft Heinz is pulling about 5,760 cases of its surgery bev from the market. Ironically, for freewheeling fans of the Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend, only that variety of Capri Sun was affected by the untimely late-summer recall.

Cases are made up of four cartons, which usually have 10 pouches. This means that more than 230,000 individual Wild Cherry pouches were potentially contaminated.

The company encourages customers to return their drinks if they believe the refreshment was tainted with an industrial food-processing equipment cleanser—rather than slurp it down, presumably.

The “Best When Used By” date on the cases is June 25, 2023, according to NBC.

Unfortunately, Wild Cherry Capri Sun is not the only bit of summer deliciousness whose packaging you’ll need to eye closely as you stock up for those season’s end celebrations.

Purveyor of sweet-as-hell baked goods, King’s Hawaiian, is pulling a variety of its perennial barbecue must-haves “out of an abundance of caution” about bacteria getting into its squishy breads, Fox Business reports.

King’s Hawaiian went ahead with the recall because one of its ingredients was supplied by Magnus Lyons, the coffee and health beverage company behind Stumptown and Oatly which last week expanded an earlier recall to include over 80 drink products due to ongoing concerns over possible microbial contamination by Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum.

The recall includes certain lot codes of its Pretzel Slider Buns, Pretzel Hamburger Buns and Pretzel Bites, according to the recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

(Courtesy Target)

While Cronobacter sakazakii infections are rare, “vulnerable and immunocompromised populations may be more susceptible to infection,” according to the notice. Symptoms could include fever, vomiting and urinary tract infection.

Clostridium botulinum creates the toxin that causes botulism, a deadly form of food poisoning, but it was not detected in the products, Fox notes. People should not consume any of the recalled products even if they do not look or smell spoiled, the company said.

Editor’s Note, Aug. 16—A rep for Capri Sun AG asked us to include the following statement:

“Kraft-Heinz, the Capri-Sun licensing partner in the US, has been mentioned in the media due to a voluntary recall of approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink products. This is happening in the United States only and there is no risk of a serious health issue. Capri-Sun’s produced in other markets are made by a different manufacturer and are not impacted by the US recall in any way.”


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