Daily Harvest recalls pottage amid food poisoning claims on social media: NPR
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Daily Harvest, a grocery delivery service, has issued a recall for its lentil and leek crumble dish after several customers took to social media to complain of stomach problems after eating it.
Users on Reddit, Twitter, and Instagram reported experiences of nausea, vomiting, and liver damage after consuming the dish.
One Reddit user said his wife experienced symptoms including “extreme fatigue, dark urine, low-grade fever, and itching all over her body with no rash.”
Another user said his mom was “sick as a dog and puked a lot” a day after eating the beans.
The company released a statement on Sunday advising consumers to throw away the dish and said it has reached out to all customers who have received it.
“We have simultaneously launched an investigation with internal and external experts across our supply chain and in accordance with regulatory procedures,” it said. “We will share more information as it becomes available.”
Daily Harvest shared a link to the statement with its 600,000 Instagram followers, with the caption, “Important news regarding our French lentil and leek crumbles. Link in bio with details,” which prompted the company to receive further backlash.
“Why not include the important message in the caption? Is your social media aesthetic more important than consumer health?” said one person.
“This ambiguous caption shows that Daily Harvest does not care about the well-being of customers, despite its perceived branding as a healthy option,” said another.
Founded in 2015, Daily Harvest is a grocery subscription company that bills itself as a brand that only includes healthy produce — free of pesticides, fertilizers, and other synthetic chemicals — in its dishes.