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When you’re a parent, you do your best. You clean and sterilize and sanitize and do everything you can to make sure your child is happy and, most important, healthy. Perhaps if you have a small litter you’re not as … shall we say, diligent with things but it’s only because there’s a learning curve to parenting and you’ve found shortcuts and realized that some things were, presumably, fine because, honestly, who has the time? But still, it’s safety first.

Montreal moms Marie-Pier L’Hostie and Penny Powell are diligent. As was their friend, Simon O’kanada, who told them that he didn’t understand why his son was always sick. He was inspired to break the top of his kid’s sippy cup and was horrified to discover a significant amount of mould build-up in the anti-spill guard of the top. It can’t be seen unless the mouthpiece is broken open so imagine his shock upon finding that, despite washing by hand or in the dishwasher, mould was there. And a lot of it.

Mon ami se demandait pourquoi son fils était toujours malade il a donc briser l’anti-fuite de son verre à bec Tommee…

Posted by Penny Powell on Friday, February 19, 2016

The women shared O’kanada’s photos and story — of how he called the company and “the lady on the other end laughed in his face” — after discussing it in a Facebook group for mothers and warning them about it. Because those who were using that particular type of cup made by Tommee Tippee, claimed they also cracked the anti-spill tops and also found mould.

L’Hostie’s and Powell’s posts have been shared tens of thousands of times and Tommee Tippie’s France team responded on Facebook, writing that they learned from the posts that “some people were not satisfied with the result of the sippy valves used in our sippy cups. We apologize for the inconvenience and we assure you that we are actively working on the subject.”

Nous sommes toujours très à l’écoute de vos retours, commentaires, idées et de la façon dont les parents utilisent nos…

Posted by Tommee Tippee France on Monday, February 22, 2016

They also directed concerned parents to a diagram of how to properly clean the bottles but many in the comments section insisted that’s what they were doing and the results still weren’t spic and span.

So perhaps it’s worth taking a look at any and all your sippy cups, particularly the ones that have unseeable parts. Because you never know what you might find. Shudder.

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