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.



Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.