Daily Harvest Recall of French Lentil + Leek Crumbles Issued After Reports of Gastrointestinal Illness, Liver Injuries
Following hundreds of reports involving gastrointestinal illnesses and liver injuries after eating Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, a recall has been issued for nearly 30,000 packages sold through the subscription-based food delivery service.
The Daily Harvest recall was initially announced on June 23, impacting French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, indicating that the manufacturer was aware of at least 470 reports of illnesses, hospitalizations and injuries.
Daily Harvest delivers a variety of ready-to-blend smoothies, bowels, soups and other products, which are marketed through television ads and social media influencers. However, a number of those individuals paid to promote the products on social media are among consumers who have experienced gastrointestinal illness, liver function issues, and other side effects. Some consumers have also reportedly suffered severe enough injuries to require gallbladder removal surgery.
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In a French Lentil + Leek Crumbles recall update issued Monday, Daily Harvest indicates that it has spent the last ten days working with the FDA, the state Department of Agriculture and third party laboratories inspecting the facility where the food was manufactured, as well as food samples and multiple areas of the supply chain.
Daily Harvest states testing has been inclusive of Listeria, E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph), B.Cereus, Clostridium species, mycotoxins, aflatoxins as well as for major allergens including egg, soy, milk, and gluten. All of which have come back negative, to date. However, Daily Harvest announced the company will continue diligently working with federal and state agencies to cast a wider net to identify the source of contamination in its recalled French Lentil + Leek Crumbles products.
While the investigation continues, the FDA is instructing consumers to stop eating the recalled products and to discard them immediately to prevent further contamination and possible injury.
The recall includes approximately 28,000 units of frozen Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles sold in 12oz white packages 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 frozen French Lentil + Leek Crumble products were sold online and through direct delivery, as well as through retail sales at the Daily Harvest store in Chicago, Illinois and a “pop-up” store in Los Angeles, California. Samples were also provided to a small number of consumers.
Daily Harvest Recall Lawsuit
To date, at least one Daily Harvest recall lawsuit (PDF) has been filed in the U.S. District Court of New York by a woman who claims she became sick after eating the Daily Harvest products.
Carol Ann Ready, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, claims she developed gastrointestinal distress and abdominal pain after eating contaminated French Lentil + Leek Crumble, which became worse over the coming days, ultimately resulting in her being diagnosed with gallbladder dysfunction, requiring gallbladder removal surgery.
The lawsuit against Daily Harvest is the first to be filed in relation to the French Lentil + Leek Crumble recall, however, it is expected many consumers who have become ill after eating the recalled products could pursue a Daily Harvest food poisoning lawsuits over failing to ensure the products were safe for consumption.
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