“All pathogen and toxicology results have come back negative so far, but we are continuing to do extensive testing and will keep you updated,” the company wrote in the post.
The company said on Sunday it had advised anyone who had purchased the product – a mix including lentils, butternut squash, quinoa, hemp seeds and cremini mushrooms and was marketed as a crisp plant-based topping – to get rid of it.
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The move follows reports on social media from people who said they ate the crumble and subsequently experienced a range of severe symptoms, including extreme nausea, cramps, fever, body itching and indications liver problems. On Wednesday, the Daily Harvest said in its Instagram post that it had been in contact with “customers who have reported adverse reactions and are collecting data to further investigate.”
A representative for Daily Harvest did not respond to a question about how much product was distributed, referring The Post to the language of the published statement. An email from an FDA spokesperson said the agency could not confirm or deny an investigation that is not on its public list of outbreaks (Daily Harvest is not named there). “Depending on the severity of the issue, an FDA investigator may visit the person who filed the complaint, collect product samples, and initiate inspections,” the spokesperson wrote.
The company, which was founded in 2015 and has attracted influencers and reportedly celebrity investors such as Serena Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun White and Bobby Flay, has marketed itself as a supplier of harvested foods in a sustainable way. “Daily Harvest is on a mission to make it easier to eat more fruits and vegetables every day,” says the company’s website, which features a variety of frozen bowls, smoothies and flatbreads. “From seed to plate, we are committed to a better food system that prioritizes human and planetary health.”
Customers expressed frustration with how the company handled the issue. Daily Harvest added updates to several promotional Instagram posts noting a link to “an important message regarding our French lentil + leek crumbles.” Commenters complained the company wasn’t more upfront about potential issues and flooded its posts with barbs. To a post featuring a whimsical image of potatoes being peeled to look like people in bathing suits, with the caption “Sun came out, potatoes,” one user replied, “Do you know what else came out? You are trying to hide crumb contamination… Zero transparency you have lost a customer in me for life!!!!