A vegan snack was recalled after hundreds of people fell ill and around 100 people were hospitalized, according to the company and federal health officials.
Daily Harvest said that it initiated a voluntary recall of its “French Lentil & Leek Crumbles” frozen product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency said that it is investigating complaints of “gastrointestinal illness and abnormal liver function” related to the product.
In a July 14 update, the FDA said that 96 people have been hospitalized to date in about half of all U.S. states. About 277 illnesses have been reported.
Daily Harvest said it initiated a voluntary recall of the product in June after consumers complained of illness. Some reported hospitalizations and elevated liver enzymes, according to reports online.
An Oklahoma woman filed a lawsuit against the company, saying that she had her gallbladder removed because of one of the company’s products.
“I ate the crumbles twice, unfortunately. Both times, within 48 hours, I was in the emergency room,” Carol Ready told the Los Angeles Times.
Daily Harvest issued a statement in June in response to the lawsuit, saying, “Everyone who has been affected deserves an answer, and we are committed to making this right.”
Daily Harvest said that it has not yet determined the cause of the illnesses. On June 27, the New York-based firm said it is testing for different “toxins known as mycotoxins, including aflatoxins.”
“The first round of testing on the most common have come back negative but we continue to cast a wider net to ensure we are not missing anything,” the statement continued.
In the July 14 update, meanwhile, the FDA said that “consumers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products” and people “who may still have the recalled product in their freezers should throw it away.”
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