Daily Harvest, the vegan meal delivery service known for ready-made smoothies, bowls and buns, has just recalled its French meat substitute Lentil + Leek Crumbles, as many consumers have reported serious health problems associated with consuming it.
Several people who ate the plant-based debris shared their complaints on social media, reporting that they had a number of gastrointestinal problems, such as severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and even liver damage.
In a thread on Reddit that garnered nearly 150 comments, a user wrote that their wife was hospitalized after she “developed symptoms that are consistent with severe liver problems – extreme fatigue, dark urine, fever and itching all over the body without a rash.” ONE Twitter user He said he was hospitalized for elevated liver enzymes, fever, chills, back pain, jaundice and needed to have his gallbladder removed.
Other social media users shared similar stories, with some saying that doctors could not determine the cause of their symptoms.
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Lentils and leek crumbles, released in April, are currently listed as “Temporarily Discontinued” on the Daily Harvest website.
In its most recent announcement, the plant-based brand wrote that it “launched an investigation to identify the root cause of the health problems reported.” The Daily Harvest also said it had sought the help of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with microbiologists, allergists and specialists in toxins and pathogens. According The Wall Street JournalThe FDA “refused to confirm whether the agency was investigating Daily Harvest lentils and leeks.”
“All pathogenic and toxicological results have been negative so far, but we continue to conduct extensive testing and will keep you informed,” the Daily Harvest wrote in a June 22 update.
On Sunday, NBC News reported that the catering service sent an email customers on June 17, asking them to dispose of the debris “with great care” and offered them a credit of $ 10 for each bag of product they bought.
The Daily Harvest has since come under fire for its response to the issue. In an Instagram post that included a promotional photo of Crumbles + walnuts + thyme, the brand vaguely noted “an important message about our French crushed lentils + leeks” could be found at the link in the bio. Users soon expressed disappointment the lack of brand transparency in the announcement of the serious health risk.
“I must seriously know what was going through the minds of the daily harvest social group when they decided that the best way to announce the FOOD POISONING recall was through an ~ aesthetic ~ photo of bad food with a vague caption directing fans to a link in bio !! “, said one Twitter user.
The Instagram post has since been deleted and another update was posted yesterday.
Although the FDA has not yet issued a formal recall, Daily Harvest encourages those affected to report or email the brand to firstname.lastname@example.org. Refunds will also be issued to customers.
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