Thursday, December 08, 2022

Daily Harvest customer had gallbladder removed after eating frozen item: suit

A woman had her gallbladder removed on Friday after eating French Lentil and Leek Crumbles from the direct-to-consumer smoothie company Daily Harvest, according to a lawsuit.

The victims are among hundreds who have reported severe stomach pain after eating a frozen item made by a New York City-based vegetarian food delivery company whose celebrity supporters include Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams, Bobby Flay and Shaun White. .

Last week, Daily Harvest recalled 28,000 units of “Crumble,” billed as a tasty, protein-packed topping on a meal, after 470 customers reported to the company that they had adverse reactions, including gastrointestinal issues.

Other customers reported their experiences on social media platforms, describing severe pain and emergency room visits. A victim’s post – Abigail Silverman, digital creative director of Cosmopolitan magazine – went viral on TikTok.

Silverman, like many other influential people, received a free package of items from Daily Harvest that made her violently ill and landed her in the hospital.

Abby Silverman In Her Tiktok Post.
Abby Silverman’s TikTok post about being hospitalized after eating Daily Harvest food went viral.
tiktok / @abby.silverman

According to the lawsuit filed Sunday in the US Southern District of New York, Carol Ann Reedy, of Tulsa, Okla., was taken to the hospital by her husband on May 30 and remained there for four days as doctors conducted tests that showed she had a “liver condition.” ” Is. and gallbladder dysfunction” and advised her that she could bear the pain from the condition “indefinitely”.

Several weeks later, Redi was advised to have her gallbladder removed “instead of attempting to manage her pain,” the lawsuit claims.

Ready’s is the first lawsuit against New York City-based Daily Harvest, according to his attorney, Bill Marler. He told The Post that he was retained by 75 people, “mostly similar to Ms. Ready’s stories,” adding that “we are in the process of testing about two dozen leftover products to determine whether that which ingredients in these products would cause such severe symptoms.”

Abi Silverman'S Post On Tiktok.
Abby Silverman got Crumble as part of a promotion for Daily Harvest to talk about the new product.
tiktok / @abby.silverman

According to social media posts on Reddit, other customers have described fever and itching all over the body, along with abdominal pain. According to social media posts, the Food and Drug Administration is also investigating mysterious diseases and testing products that sickened customers.

Daily Harvest, which makes gluten-free, vegetarian frozen meals, was founded in 2015 and two years later raised $43 million from private equity funds and a circle of celebrity investors.

The Daily Harvest said in a statement last week that it is “working closely with the FDA and several independent laboratories to get to the bottom of it.”

A Daily Harvest Package That Is Delivered To Customers' Homes.
About 470 customers have been reported to have fallen ill from eating French Lentil and Leeks Crumbles made by Daily Harvest.
Gado via Getty Images
Daily Harvest'S Product Photos Crumble.
The Daily Harvest says it has “temporarily discontinued” the crumble product that has made so many customers sick.
Daily Harvest

The company did not immediately respond for comment regarding the lawsuit.

No specific pathogen has yet been identified in the outbreak, but the recall has reduced the time frame in which the tainted product was made from April 28 to June 17.

The recall follows several other mysterious outbreaks that have sickened thousands of consumers who ate brands of dry cereal including Lucky Charms and Cheerios, as The Post reported.

In a statement last week, Daily Harvest said, “We are doing everything we can to identify the root cause as quickly as possible. Nothing matters more than the health and safety of our customers and we do our best every day.” And highly value the trust you place in our food.”

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