Daily Harvest customers flood social media with food poisoning claims after eating vegan lentil dish

Fruits and vegetables, whether eaten raw or cooked, are known to be excellent sources of vitamins and minerals. But as the old saying goes, sometimes too much of a good thing can also be bad enough.

Take it from Daily Harvest, the minimalist vegan meal company that is currently under fire after many consumers claimed that its now-discontinued French lentil + leek crumbles caused serious gastrointestinal issues, including stomach pain, liver and gallbladder damage, and vomiting.

Complaints made the rounds on Reddit, Twitter and Instagram, where people who ate the product – made with lentils, quinoa, hemp seeds, butternut squash and cremini mushrooms – were quick to detail. their symptoms.

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“What started with extremely severe upper abdominal pain, fever, nausea and fatigue took a dark turn with the test results for my liver enzymes,” one user wrote on Instagram. “The fatigue persisted for the next two weeks and after almost a month I finally feel like the energy levels are starting to come back.”

Another user on Twitter wrote: “My friend was hospitalized with incredibly high liver enzymes. His wife and children are also sick. The one thing they all have in common is that they [ate] the lens crumbles from Daily Harvest.”

On Reddit, another user said his wife was hospitalized after suffering “extreme fatigue, dark urine, mild fever and itching all over her body with no rash”.

On Friday, Daily Harvest officially recalled its plant-based alternative meat dish in an email to subscribers asking them to throw out the lentils. According to NBC News, the company also offered customers a $10 credit for each bag of crumbles purchased.

“A small number of customers have reported gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming our French Lentil + Leek Crumbles,” the email read. “As stated in our cooking instructions, lentils should be cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.”

Then, on Sunday, Daily Harvest issued a public statement on its website telling customers “to throw this item away and do not eat it.”

“We have simultaneously launched an investigation with internal and external experts throughout our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures,” the company added without providing further details.

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But the most bizarre moment in the fiasco came soon after, when Daily Harvest took to Instagram to post a promotional image of a bowl of spaghetti generously covered in the brand’s walnut and thyme crumbles. Alongside the visually appealing photo is a brief, vague caption updating followers with a link to an “important message” about French Lentil + Leek Crumbles. The link, which is on the company bio, leads to a separate web page disclosing the product recall.

At present, it is still not known what caused the disease. Perhaps it was a specific ingredient in the product or the consumption of raw lentils, which is dangerous and known to cause symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Daily Harvest said it “will share more information as it becomes available”.

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