Parents are freaking out over these photos of mould growing inside sippy cups

By Samantha Luiz
25 February 2016

Viral photos showing mould growing inside children's sippy cups are causing alarm on social media.

Viral photos showing mould growing inside children's sippy cups are causing alarm on social media.

It all started when two moms from Montreal in Canada, shared photos of the mouldy sippy cups on Facebook.

Marie-Pier L’Hostie shared the unnerving photos on Facebook. PHOTO: Facebook Marie-Pier L’Hostie shared the unnerving photos on Facebook. PHOTO: Facebook

"My friend Simon O’kanada wondered why his son was always sick. He broke the anti-spill top of his “Tommee Tippee” bottle and discovered mold inside the mouthpiece," reads the translated caption accompanying Marie-Pier L’Hostie's post.

The unnerved mother adds that washing the cups, whether by hand or dishwasher, doesn't help in getting rid of the mould.

"It doesn’t wash and can’t be seen unless it is broken open."

They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook

Her friend, Penny Powell also shared the story, encouraging other parents to complain to the company.

"After having received several messages from parents who have opened their children’s anti-spill cup, it is important to do something, so for parents who discover that they have the same problem with the anti-spill top."

They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook

The photos, which have been shared more than 100 000 between them, have had mixed reactions from the public.

On one hand, some internet users blame the parents for being "lazy" as it is "common knowledge" that you had to take the sippy cups apart to get a thorough clean.

They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook

"This is totally ridiculous to blame the manufacturer!!! If you clean all pieces of the cup properly then you don't have to worry about stuff like that," commented Jennifer Gilbert.

On the other hand, alarmed parents insist it's the manufacturer's fault.

"The part that she is holding is something that needs to be BROKEN to ever see this," commented Kaitlin Rand.

They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook They had to crack open the mouthpiece to see the mould. PHOTO: Facebook

"The care instructions have NOTHING about this piece coming apart and frankly I'm impressed that she got it open with anything less than a hammer. I tried to crack one open today without success."

Tommee Tippee has since responded in a Facebook post, apologising and claiming to be "actively working on the subject."

UPDATE: In a statement sent to YOU, Tommee Tippee said they're taking the current concerns around the cups very seriously.

"We’ve therefore listened to our customers, and will be launching a new Sippee cup in the next few months," spokesperson Matt de Leon said. "The new cup will have a two piece valve that can be used with different types of liquid, and is easier to clean."

In the meantime the company are developing  transparent, see-through valves.

"The see-through valve will enable parents to see inside, and give them confidence that the valve is clean, when used in line with recommended instructions," De Leon explained.

"Alternatively, we will be happy to provide parents with a different style cup if they’d prefer. Either option will be provided free of charge."

Visit Tommee Tippee's Facebook page for more information.

Sources: Facebook.com, businessinsider.com

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