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Daily Harvest identifies ingredient that led to illness and customer recall

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Vegan frozen food delivery service Daily Harvest identified the ingredient in its French lentil and leek crumble that made consumers sick, leading the company to recall the product last month. Tara flour, which comes from a seed commonly grown in Peru and is used as a protein source and thickening agent, is the culprit, the company said in a note to customers on Tuesday.

“Our investigative team will continue to work with the FDA, the tara flour producer and others to help determine what specifically made people sick,” the company said, adding that it only uses the ingredient in any other product. Daily Harvest said it determined the issues were limited to lentil and leek crumble, and that its supply chain and manufacturing processes were safe.

Last month, the company – a celebrity-backed brand that promotes itself as being better for consumers and the environment – issued a recall of the crumbs in response to complaints from customers who said they had problems with stomach, liver and gallbladder after eating it. He said he enlisted the Food and Drug Administration as well as “microbiologists, toxin and pathogen experts, and allergists” to spot the problems.

Amid recall and illness claims, Daily Harvest meal service appeals to FDA

On July 14, the FDA said its investigation into the issues was ongoing and said it had so far received 277 reports of illness linked to the crumbs. He urged anyone who bought the product to throw it away and anyone who consumed it to be on the lookout for symptoms “including yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), dark urine, itching without a rash. skin, gastrointestinal illnesses, nausea, fatigue. , body aches, severe abdominal pain and/or fever.

Daily Harvest said in a June 24 message to customers that it had received approximately 470 reports of illness or adverse reactions to the crumbs and that the company had distributed 28,000 units through online and retail sales, as well that certain data to customers.

Daily Harvest is already facing lawsuits and public scrutiny of the product. A Tulsa woman is suing the company after being hospitalized twice, diagnosed with “liver and gallbladder dysfunction” and ultimately having her gallbladder removed. His attorney, Bill Marler, a food safety specialist, said he was representing 230 people sick with the product and his firm was conducting its own investigation into the product.

A representative for Daily Harvest did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the litigation or the investigation.

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