Lawsuit: Recalled Daily Harvest French Lentil and Leek Crumbles [Updated]

Updated September 16 to include additional information about the investigation. Daily Harvest has identified tara flour in French Lentil + Leek Crumbles as a possible source of reported illnesses. But after weeks of testing by the company and federal health officials, the specific contaminant has yet to be identified.

“We have been working closely with the FDA, the CDC as well as top doctors, microbiologists, toxicologists and three independent labs to find the answer. We considered all possibilities, including processing issues or infection, and have ruled all of them out: Hepatitis A, Norovirus, a range of mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, food-borne pathogens including Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph), B.Cereus, and Clostridium Species and major allergens including egg, soy, milk, and gluten. Testing also confirmed there are no pesticides or the presence of heavy metal levels that would have caused the reported adverse effects,” a July 19 statement from Rachel Drori on the company’s website reads in part.

French Lentil + Leek Crumbles is the only Daily Harvest made with tara flour. Daily Harvest has cut ties with the tara flour producer which did not provide any other ingredient to the company.

Daily Harvest Recall

Daily Harvest French Lentil and Leek Crumbles were recalled June 23 after reports of illness and potential liver function issues. Consumers who have this product in their freezers should not eat it. At the time of the recall, the company said it was aware of 470 reports of illness.

Between April 28 and June 17, 2022, approximately 28,000 units of this product were distributed to customers and online influencers nationwide through direct delivery and through sales at stores and pop-up locations.

The recalled French Lentil + Leek Crumbles were sold frozen in 12-oz, white pouches with the words “Daily Harvest,” “CRUMBLES,” and “French Lentil + Leek.” All lot codes are affected.  No other Daily Harvest products are included in the recall.

FDA, CDC Investigate

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state health officials are investigating reports of illness. At least 386 consumers used the FDA’s Consumer Adverse Events Reporting System to report illnesses, 130 of them were so sick they required hospitalization. Some patients had their gallbladders removed.

Symptoms reported include severe abdominal pain, frequent bouts of diarrhea, nausea, fever, yellowing of the skin and eyes, dark urine, light-colored stools, itching with no rash, fatigue, and body aches.

Daily Harvest customers reporting illness live in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. The most recently reported illness was on September 4, 2022.

Lawsuits Are Being Filed: Contact our Food Safety Lawyers

Our team of food safety lawyers has obtained many of the largest settlements in U.S. history for food contamination cases. Helping people who have been victims of tainted food get justice is what we do.

If you or a family member have been sickened by this Daily Harvest product and you would like a free consultation with one of our experienced food poisoning lawyers please contact us today. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or completing the form below. There is no obligation and you never owe anything at all unless we win compensation for you.

UPDATE: This post was originally published June 24 and updated July 1 to include information about the FDA and CDC investigation of illnesses.

UPDATE: This post was updated on July 20 to include information about tara flour.

UPDATE: This post was updated on August 10 to include updated information about case numbers and hospitalizations.

UPDATE: This post was updated on August 26 to include updated information about case numbers and hospitalizations.

UPDATE: This post was updated on September 16 to include updated case numbers and hospitalizations.

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