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Uproar as photos of children's moldy sippy cups go viral

A sippy cup company landed itself in hot water after a concerned parent posted alarming photos of moldy mouthpieces online, which have since gone viral.

The series of unsettling snapshots, posted on Feb. 18 by Marie-Pier S. L’Hostie, first show a seemingly clean orange “Tommee Tippee” sippy cup — but when the cup’s anti-spill guard top is taken apart, it’s chock-full of mold.

The Montreal mom said a friend accidentally broke the anti-spill top on his son’s cup and made the shocking discovery.

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“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. It doesn’t wash and can’t be seen unless it is broken open,” the woman posted to her Facebook page in French.

“Please, those who have these cups, pay attention! Being washed by hand or in the dishwasher, the mold will stay there!” she wrote.

This photo was posted to the Tommee Tippee North America Facebook page by Iowa mom, Brooke Onken. The horrified mother said it took her ten minutes to open the valve with a knife.Brooke Onken/via Facebook

This photo was posted to the Tommee Tippee North America Facebook page by Iowa mom, Brooke Onken. The horrified mother said it took her ten minutes to open the valve with a knife.

The shocking post spurred the woman’s friends to investigate their children’s cups, too — and those using “Tommee Tippee” cups made the same gruesome discovery.

“After having received several message of parents who have opened up the anti-leak of the cup of their children, it is important to do something,” another mother, Penny Powell, posted Friday, urging other parents to share the post.

Those who reported finding the mold claimed to have washed the cups numerous times — in the dishwasher and by hand — but to no avail.

They noted that the anti-spill top’s mouthpiece appears to contain the majority of the putrid matter.

After the pictures went viral, more photos emerged online from horrified parents who found the same thing.

Marie-Pier S. L'Hostie shared these photos online after a friend made the shocking discovery while trying to find out why his son was always sick.Marie-Pier S. L’Hostie/via Facebook

Marie-Pier S. L’Hostie shared these photos online after a friend made the shocking discovery while trying to find out why his son was always sick.

“I’m extremely horrified by what I found in my baby’s valve of her sippee cup today! We’ve been using these for the last few months and I found an article about the valves for them and I decided to look for myself,” one user from Iowa, Brooke Onken, posted on Tommee Tippee North America’s Facebook page Thursday.

“I had to pry the valve open for 10 minutes with a knife and I felt sick when I saw all of the black mold inside. Your company needs to recall these and do something about it!! DO NOT BUY THESE CUPS!!!!!” she added.

The manufacturer’s official Facebook page shared a statement Thursday reassuring customers that they were taking the complaints very seriously.

“We sell millions of Sippee cups globally but we know from recent social media posts, that some people have had problems cleaning the valve. For this, we sincerely (apologize) and we are actively following up on any concerns raised,” the statement reads.

An earlier statement directed parents to instructions on how to correctly clean the valve, but many parents reported that opening the valve was not so straightforward.

The company directed parents to instructions on how to clean the anti-spill guard top in a statement Wednesday but have since revealed they will create a new type of valve.Marie-Pier S. L’Hostie/via Facebook

The company directed parents to instructions on how to clean the anti-spill guard top in a statement Wednesday but have since revealed they will create a new type of valve.

The company is creating a new, easier-to-clean valve for the cup, according to the most recent statement shared to the company’s Facebook page.

“The new cup will have a two piece valve that can be used with different types of liquid, and is easier to clean,” it reads, adding the company will provide parents with new cups free of charge.

According to the post, the reported mold problems only apply to the one-piece valve on the “Sippee” range of cups and none of the company’s other products.

“In the meantime, we are making the transparent, see-through valves shown here immediately available to parents that have concerns. The see-through valve will enable parents to see inside, and give you confidence that the valve is clean,” the post reads.

mnewman@nydailynews.com

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