News 10 invest. may have helped bring Capri Sun change

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) –  A popular kids drink is getting a packaging makeover. Years ago News 10 told you about issues possible with Capri Sun drinks.

According to Kraft, punctures in the packaging could lead to the formation of a mold substance in the drink. Terre Haute father, Brian Rider and his daughter ran into that problem back in 2011.

News 10 took a sample of that drink and gave it to Dr. Kathleen Dannelly. She’s a microbiologist at Indiana State University. She was able to confirm that it was in fact mold. Several others nation-wide have reported similar instances throughout the country.

Recently Kraft announced a change. They will be making the bottoms of their Capri Sun packages clear. They say it’s so moms can see all the goodness inside the pouch. However, Dr. Dannelly believes our story and others like it may have played a role.

“I do think that we probably had an impact on their idea to do this, and they really needed to this,” Dannelly said.

In a statement to News 10, a Kraft rep said, “We saw media reports of Dr. Dannelly’s research last year and were subsequently in touch with her to discuss.”

Kraft would not say whether the clear packages were to identify potential mold in the drinks.

Meanwhile, you may not see the clear pouches right away. They’re still working their way through distribution.

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