When Craig Beresford’s daughter kept getting sick, he got worried and started searching everything of hers for answers. After looking through many of his daughters everyday items, his self-described “OCD” helped lead him to discover the culprit. It was black mold, and where he found it lurking is somewhere you might never have expected.
When Beresford started to unscrew his daughtersSistema Twist ‘N’ Sip reusable drinks bottle, he noticed that it was unusually difficult to get apart. He then took a knife to her sippy cup in a desperate attempt to pry it open, and when he did, he discovered crevices that no amount of regular cleaning would reach. What he found was black mold hiding in the crevices of the drink container.
Craig wrote on Facebook, “Although we have been absolutely meticulous cleaning the bottle and cap every day, including dispersible sterilising tablets, the cap has been making our 7-year-old daughter poorly. We haven’t been able to work out why she has had an upset stomach, and occasional runs for what seems around four weeks, until I figured it might be the Sistema bottle. It’s the only constant item she has had contact with the whole time. Today, I took a sharp knife and broke the cap apart. It isn’t designed to be taken apart and requires a bit of force to disassemble. The internal components have been hoarding bacteria. We were horrified and heartbroken that out little girl had been using this bottle in this state.”
It is terrible that he had to find out this way, however, his discovery has quickly helped to save many other kids from harm. Once he posted the images of his daughters cup, the views kept growing and a number of other parents began checking their own children’s sippy cups only to discover the same harmful mold.
The company that produces the product, Sistema, responded to the alarmed parents by responding in a statement, “Recently a number of our customers have advised us that they are having difficulty cleaning our Twist ‘n’ Sip drink bottle caps,” the website reads. “We take this feedback very seriously and have therefore posted videos and instructions that demonstrate how to take apart and clean each of the three tops we currently have on the market.”