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Daily Harvest, a meal subscription service and online food retailer, has issued a nationwide recall for all of its French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, a vegan meat substitute, after the company received nearly 500 reports of consumers suffering from food poisoning illnesses and other adverse reactions.
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Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles Recall Update – August 2022

The FDA has received at least 360 Consumer Adverse Event Reports (CAERS) and Consumer Complaints linked to recalled Daily Harvest French Lentil & Leek Crumbles [1]. The CAERS include 125 hospitalizations and 0 deaths, with the last illness onset date of August 9, 2022. States with CAERS linked to Daily Harvest products include: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, MD, MA, MN, MS, MI, MO, MT, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI.

What’s the Problem?

This recall affects all lot codes of Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, according to a recall letter issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [2] on June 23, 2022.

“Daily Harvest has voluntarily recalled all French Lentil + Leek Crumbles due to consumer reports of gastrointestinal illness and potential liver function issues,” FDA said. “To date, the company has received approximately 470 reports of illness or adverse reactions.”

Symptoms linked to Daily Harvest meals and smoothies have been reported to include:

  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Liver damage
  • Acute hepatitis (liver inflammation)
  • Pain
  • Severe cramps
  • Fever
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
  • Gallbladder dysfunction
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hospitalization

It’s still unclear what kind of food poisoning illness the crumbles may have caused, but Daily Harvest customers have been sharing symptoms in a Reddit thread dedicated to the recall. The thread was started by a user who described experiencing “debilitating stomach pain” that required a trip to the emergency room after eating the crumbles. Assuming the pain was caused by something else, the user tried the crumbles several days later and had to return to the doctor with a fever that lasted for more than 12 hours.

Other consumers had similar experiences that eventually required a trip to the doctor’s office. Many of those who fell ill had a similar lot number on their crumble packaging: “L02-VEGBN BEST BY 10/23/2022 L5-A.” However, you should avoid eating any lentil crumbles you have on hand, even if they are from a different lot, according to the FDA.

To date, the most prominent complaint comes from Abigail Silverman, a fashion influencer and Cosmopolitan’s digital creative director, who shared that she experienced similar food poisoning symptoms after eating the crumbles. Silverman complained that she had to spend the night in the emergency room and is still experiencing problems with her liver after her stay in the hospital.

French Lentil + Leek Crumbles are a frozen meat substitute product that is packaged in a 12oz white pouch with the words “Daily Harvest” at the top, a large “CRUMBLES” immediately below the top and the words “French Lentil + Leek” in bold.

The recalled products were distributed to consumers in the U.S. through online sales and direct delivery, as well as through retail sales at the Daily Harvest store in Chicago, IL and a “pop-up” store in Los Angeles, CA, from April 28 to June 17, 2022.

“We launched an investigation to identify the root cause of the health issues being reported,” Daily Harvest said in the recall letter. “We’re working closely with the FDA and with multiple independent labs to investigate this. We are doing everything we can, as quickly as we can to identify the root cause.”

The lentil-leek crumbles are currently discontinued while Daily Harvest investigates the cause of the reported food poisoning.

If you purchased any Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles that are affected by this recall, you should not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

Anyone concerned about a potential food poisoning illness should contact their healthcare provider or dial 9-1-1.

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