Daily Harvest fans claim lentil crumble sent them to the ER

Daily Harvest fans claim lentil crumble sent them to the ER

Smoothies are supposed to be a healthy meal replacement, but some who drink Daily Harvest claim they get just the opposite.

The customizable, direct-to-consumer smoothie company has issued a recall of its plant-based and protein “crumbles” made from leeks and lentils after several customers reported abdominal discomfort, allegedly leading to emergency room visits and even a removal of the gallbladder.

Victims first gathered on social media to share their experiences, like Cosmopolitan magazine’s digital creative director Abigail Silverman, who went viral with more than 830,000 views on TikTok this week after sharing her story . She claims she landed in the hospital shortly after trying the Crumbles for the first time.

“When I was in the emergency room, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me,” said Silverman, who was sent home with antibiotics. Five days later, her pain returned. “It was even worse and I had a fever of 101.8.”

Back at the hospital, she was tested for “everything”, she recalls, including hepatitis, mono and gallstones, and also underwent a battery of scans and ultrasounds. She is now seeing a liver specialist, although her condition remains a mystery.

A subReddit for Daily Harvest shoppers also garnered multiple reports of high fever and “debilitating” stomach pain.

“Two weeks ago I tried crumbles for the first time,” one report began. “That night I had debilitating stomach pain like I had never felt before. It was so bad that I had to go to the ER as a last ditch effort to relieve and manage the pain. After a CT scan, an IV, meds, and a week of bland dieting, I thought maybe it was some kind of bug.

They continued, “Fast forward to yesterday, I decided to try crumbles again. Lo and behold, I woke up with the exact same horrible stomach pain. Luckily I’ve been on prescription meds since the last time this happened and I don’t need to go back to the ER.

Product Daily Harvest French Lentils and Leek Crumbles
Plant-Based Crumbles were designed as a tasty, high-protein ingredient or garnish for meals.
Daily harvest

Many more responded to the message with their parallel experiences. “I’ve been in and out of the hospital for 5 days now for the past 2 weeks with extreme abdominal pain, jaundice, high LFTs, etc. It would get strong after eating crumbs.” They continued, “I didn’t put it together until the email DH sent tonight offering $10 (ha!).”

One of the more extreme reports alleged organ failure from consuming Crumbles. “I am here with the same experience as all of you. I even had my gallbladder removed. Time for the legal action guys. It’s insane. MAD. I am in shock.”

Daily Harvest Crumbles product screenshot
Daily harvest

The plant-based product was launched just a few weeks ago as a crispy, flavorful and protein-rich topping for Daily Harvest recipes.

Now, their product page says French Lentil + Leek Crumbles are “temporarily discontinued” and urges stores to “please discard this item and do not eat it.” (Concerns about their new nut and thyme crumbles went unreported.)

Daily Harvest did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

In a press release on Sunday, the company confirmed that it had received complaints of “gastrointestinal issues” among customers after eating the Crumbles.

“Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our customers and we deeply appreciate the trust you place in us and our food every day,” they began the statement, which asked consumers to continue to report discomfort. and diseases associated with their products.

Instagram screenshot of Daily Harvest
Daily harvest

In a Wednesday update, Daily Harvest continued: “We take this very seriously and are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it. Your health and well-being are our top priority.

They go on to describe their current investigative steps, saying they first “immediately took action and issued a voluntary recall” as soon as they heard the alarming reports, and contacted customers directly to notify them.

They “now work closely with the [Food and Drug Administration] and with several independent laboratories”, as well as “experts to help us get to the bottom of things”.

“All pathogen and toxicology results have come back negative so far, but we are continuing to do extensive testing and will keep you updated,” they added.

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