Daily Harvest recalls lentil meal after customers reported “gastrointestinal problems”

Daily Harvest is recalling its lentil and leek crumb dish after receiving reports of “gastrointestinal problems” from customers who ate the product, the popular meal delivery service said this week.

Customers also took their complaints to social media. Users of Facebook, Instagram, Reddit and Twitter reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and liver damage after eating the dish.

In one post on Facebook, a woman described removing her gallbladder, adding, “the crumbs were delicious, by the way.” A Reddit user wrote that her husband had experienced “extreme fatigue, dark urine, empty fever and itching of the whole body without rash.”

Daily Harvest advised people to throw out the product and not eat it in a statement posted on their website Sunday. It also said it had reached out to customers who bought it.

“We have received customer reports of French lentils + leek crumbs causing gastrointestinal problems,” the company said. “We have simultaneously launched a study with internal and external experts throughout the supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures.”

Aside from the complaints about illness, some found that the company’s approach to announcing their recall was less than tasteful.

A backlash on social media followed after Daily Harvest posted a publicity shot of the recall dish to its 600,000 Instagram followers with the headline, “An important message regarding our French lentils + leek crawls. Link in bio with details.”

One observer tweeted “Link in bio with details on why your liver is failing #dailyharvest.”

Another commenter suggested the company’s post as a case study of how you can not handle such situations, tweeting, “… posting an aesthetically pleasing photo advertising a product with a vague ‘link in it bio ‘is definitely not the atmosphere. “

Launched in 2015, Daily Harvest is a food subscription company that ships frozen, organic pre-made food products to specific zip codes around the country. Famous investors in the company include Serena Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The French lentils and leek crumbs were introduced in April as food to cook and add to other dishes or products, according to the company.

Daily Harvest did not immediately respond to a request for further comment, nor did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which had not posted the company’s feedback on Wednesday afternoon.


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