Weird substance found in orange juice carton

2014-07-23 00:00

A DURBAN woman was shocked to find a liver-like substance at the bottom of her two-litre orange juice carton at the weekend.

Nomonde Cele has sought precautionary medical care while the substance remains unidentified. The mystery constituent will be tested by juice manufacturer LiquiFruit.

“I bought the orange juice on a Sunday before we had a braai — I didn’t want to drink because I had to work the next day. It was two litres of juice so there was no way for me to finish it in one day, so I had a little bit every day. On Thursday, I was drinking a glass and I felt something lumpy in my mouth. It had the texture of liver,” she said.

“It looked like it had veins in it, and it was white and yellow. I thought my mind was playing tricks on me and that maybe something had fallen into the glass while I was outside. When I was reaching the end of the container, I was pouring the juice into a glass but something was blocking the hole, but I could feel it was still heavy,” she recounted.

“I saw something utterly disgusting inside and I still don’t know what it is. I still shudder when I think about drinking from the carton. LiquiFruit seemed nonchalant when I called them, and they sent someone to collect the carton and test whatever was inside. All they wanted to give me was another bottle of juice. I will never drink LiquiFruit again,” she said.

Pioneer Foods spokesperson Lulu Khumalo said that couriers had collected the carton.

“It has been delivered to our accredited laboratory at the factory and our quality assurance manager will ensure feedback is given within 10 working days,” she said.

“The foreign matter could be mould growth, which may occur [if the] package is damaged during transport [and] allows unsterile air to enter and cause product spoilage,” Khumalo added.

She said that Cele’s medical bill would only be settled if the juice could be pinpointed as the cause.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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