Daily Harvest lentil crumb outbreak: Los Angeles case reported

Daily Harvest lentil crumb situation raised his head in the Los Angeles area and on the FDA website.

“In mid-June, DPH received one foodborne illness complaint related to the consumption of Daily Harvest food,” a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in an email Wednesday. No further details were provided.

Daily Harvest, a vegan-friendly food service that delivers frozen food to its subscribers, said in a June 23 edition that it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the source of the serious side effects people are reporting. who used her French products. lentils and leeks crumble. The company announced a voluntary product recall on June 17.

Wednesday FDA there was an addition of the Daily Harvest situation to its list of “outbreak and adverse event investigations”, although the company was not named. Instead, investigation no. 1076, associated with Frozen Food, noted the receipt of 107 adverse event reports and indicated that recalls, field checks, sample collection and analysis, and efforts to trace the cause of the outbreak to its source have been initiated.

He classified the outbreak as “ongoing”.

“While the FDA does not publish the Daily Harvest by name, over the past week I have directed more than 100 people to report their illnesses to the FDA,” food safety attorney Bill Marler wrote on Wednesday. blog of his law firm. He said he had been in contact with at least 125 people reporting “nearly identical” symptoms and said cases had been reported in at least 26 states.

“Collectively, their liver function tests were extremely elevated. Some fell and some didn’t,” Marler wrote. “AT [least] 20 people survived the removal of the gallbladder. Everyone is concerned about the long-term impact on their health of a disease-causing ingredient that has not been identified to date after extensive blood testing, imaging and living organism biopsies.”

Marler’s firm represents client Ann Cleary of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who on Monday became first person to sue Daily Harvest over crumbs.

“I understand that this is so frustrating. I am incredibly upset,” Daily Harvest chief executive Rachel Drory said Monday in a press release detailing the company’s engagement with the FDA and other agencies since June 17.

The company “collaborates with the FDA, government agencies and several independent laboratories, as well as experts in microbiology, food safety and toxicology, to conduct testing. These tests cover common foodborne pathogens, toxins and allergens. So far, all results are negative. At this point, despite consulting with numerous experts, cooperating with the FDA investigation, working with our supply chain, and conducting extensive testing, we have not yet identified the cause,” the statement said.

Daily Harvest has emailed customers who would like to report adverse reactions. crumble-review@daily-harvest.com or call (888) 302-0305 between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM Pacific Time, seven days a week. Reports may also be sent to the FDA or local health departments.

crumbles, which is also found in walnuts and thyme, which is not associated with harmful effects, is a plant-based meat alternative that can be used, for example, in tacos or sprinkled on tortillas. The products were presented on April 28th.

About 28,000 units of lentil crumbs were mailed out to retail outlets in Chicago and in a pop-up box in Los Angeles at the end of May. A small number have also been given away as promotional samples to social media influencers. The company said last week that it had received 470 side-effect complaints so far.