Meal delivery service Daily Harvest recalls lentils crumbling after customers report gastrointestinal emergencies

A popular meal delivery service has recalled a lentil food product after days of customers posting online about gastrointestinal issues they faced after eating the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles meal. Daily Harvest, the trending brand that sells the product, is known for its influencer endorsements and is comparable to services like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

Daily Harvest published a recall statement on its website on Sunday. NBC News viewed an email sent Friday asking a customer to throw away the lenses “out of an abundance of caution” and offering a $10 credit for each bag of the product purchased.

“A small number of customers have reported gastrointestinal discomfort after consuming our French Lentil + Leek Crumbles,” the email states. “As stated in our cooking instructions, lentils should be cooked through to an internal temperature of 165°F.”

In its recall statement, Daily Harvest wrote that it “has initiated an investigation with internal and external experts throughout our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures.”

On social media, Daily Harvest customers have reported being hospitalized and having severe stomach pain. Luke Tashie, who shared his reminder email from Daily Harvest, said in an email that he didn’t think the company was taking a serious enough or fast enough approach to the situation. Tashie, who wrote that he suffered from “extreme liver pain” and was hospitalized after consuming the product, expressed concern about long-term liver damage.

“The surgeons who saw me were so perplexed that they seriously considered removing my gallbladder,” Tashie wrote.

Liza Torborg, director of communications at the Mayo Clinic, written in 2018 that the protein in raw lentils which may have negative health effects would need to be consumed in large amounts outside of a normal diet to be of concern. She also wrote that the protein, lectin, breaks down when processed and cooked.

Dozens of customer testimonials similar to Tashie’s were posted on a Daily Harvest Reddit page and in the Instagram comments on the Daily Harvest account, which has more than 600,000 followers and was responding to customer complaints about the product as of Wednesday. . The company did not respond to requests for comment on the timing of its official response.

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