A mother of two says she suffered sickness and diarrhea for several days after finding a weird item in her coconut water.
Barbara Kline, from Goshen, New York, posted a picture of a mystery object she discovered and described as "octopus like" after having drunk almost all of her favorite Vita Coco's Pure Coconut Water, which she had purchased from a local ShopRite.
Kline says she was vomiting for days and had a bad diarrhea for more than a week after drinking the coconut water. Kline, who works in the medical field, says she knows there was some type of animal in the drink.
“I feel absolutely sick to my stomach even talking about it," she said.
“I've got a told it look like a mouse, I got told it looks like a squid, I got told it looks like a bunch of things that's why I would like for somebody to get it tested for me that has more authority than me,” Kline said.
She added: "All I want is somebody to see it for themselves and understand that this is not right. I understand that products get moldy and products get missed package and sometimes spoil but this is just too much for me.”
Kline admits that Vita Coco’s Pure Coconut Water was her favorite drink before this incident and that she was a big fan of it.
She posted about this incident on her Facebook page and this post has now been shared over 43,000 times.
Kline also said the drink was due to expire on July 21, and that she had kept it in her refrigerator before she drank it.
She said: “I took out my refrigerator. I shook it, I opened it, I put a straw in it and then I drank it. It was only when I unknowingly swallowed one of those clumps I realized it tasted awful I started vomiting. The diarrhea honestly just stopped on Friday."
"I immediately dumped out all the water," she noted. "I shook it because I heard stuff bouncing around. I opened it with a knife and that's when I discovered the octopus-looking thing. There were four of them all together, maybe five and I swallowed one of them."
Eventually, Kline went to her doctor and asked for blood tests to better understand what might be wrong with her.
She has sent a sample of the mystery object along with her doctor’s notes to the company in hopes of finding out what the item actually is. She also kept some of the foreign objects and the packaging, hoping to have the "lumps" independently tested or examined.
A spokesman for Vita Coco released a statement about Kline and her claims:
We have been in touch with the consumer, Barbara Kline, multiple times since April 26, 2017. We take all consumer inquiries and product quality issues very seriously, and as a global brand have protocols to properly investigate quality inquiries.
We asked Ms. Kline for the product information for this unit on April 26, 2017 so that we could report the issue to quality control and investigate it further, but only received that information on Friday, May 5, 2017.
As it stands now, we are reviewing Ms. Kilne's claim thoroughly so we can assist her in the best manner possible.
Vita Coco employ the highest standards of food safety at all its production facilities and our beverages are quality and food safety tested internally, and also by an external quality control specialist, before being distributed.
However, because Vita Coco beverages do not contain preservatives, on rare occasion, random spoilage may occur. This is what we are investigating now with Ms. Kline.