Daily Harvest Recalled a Product After Customers Reported Gastrointestinal Issues

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Daily Harvest Recall
Daily Harvest Recall

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest, a popular meal delivery service known for its plant-based frozen meals and smoothies, issued a recall of its French Lentil and Leek Crumbles (a new product that launched in late April of this year). The recall comes after multiple reports of people becoming sick after eating the ground meat alternative surfaced on social media. The product in question is now listed as "temporarily discontinued" on Daily Harvest's website.

The direct-to-consumer food company "received customer reports of French Lentil and Leek Crumbles causing gastrointestinal issues," according to a statement released on June 19. People have spoken out on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Reddit about getting sick, specifically complaining of stomach pain, after eating the product. (Related: Exactly Why You Get a Stomach Ache After a Workout)

One person claimed they had their gallbladder removed after eating the crumbles in a video shared on Twitter. TikTok influencer Abby Silverman said she went to the emergency room twice after eating the product and has had to see a liver specialist, according to clips posted on TikTok. Another person on Reddit described having "horrible stomach pain" after eating the crumbles, noting that they also had to go to the emergency room for their symptoms.

Daily Harvest has reached out to all customers who received the French Lentil and Leek Crumble, informing them that they should dispose of the product and not eat it, according to the June 19 statement. The company is now working with the FDA and "multiple independent labs" to get to the bottom of the issue, according to an update shared on June 22.

So far, the company claims that pathogen and toxicology results have come back negative, but promises to keep customers updated. It has encouraged anyone who experienced health issues after eating the French Lentil and Leek Crumbles to contact its team directly at crumbles-recall@daily-harvest.com. Daily Harvest also offered refunds for those who purchased the product, according to the statement.

Finally, Daily Harvest shared an update with its followers on Instagram, noting that the company removed past posts about the crumbles on social media to avoid confusion about the now-recalled product. "We are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can to identify the root cause," wrote the company in the caption of its latest post. "Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our customers and we deeply value the trust you put in us and our food every day. We will update you as soon as we know more."

The French Lentil and Leek Crumbles from Daily Harvest mainly contain French lentils, butternut squash, hemp seed, quinoa, cremini mushrooms, and tara, a flour made with seeds from tara trees. There's still no clear answer as to why the topping allegedly caused gastrointestinal problems, but if you have any packages of this product in your freezer, be sure to throw it out.