Plant-based meal delivery service Daily Harvest issued a public recall of its French Lentil and Leek Crumbles product on June 22 after dozens of customers reported that they had fallen ill after consuming it, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some people said they underwent surgery to remove their gallbladders after eating the product, according to the report. In some cases, consumers said their doctors were unable to determine why their patients were suffering from liver damage, abdominal pain, fevers, and more.
Daily Harvest said in a blog post that all pathogen and toxicology results have come back negative so far, but it will continue to test. The company says it is in contact with customers who have reported adverse reactions and is collecting data to further investigate.
“We have launched an investigation to identify the root cause of the reported health issues,” the company said in the blog post. “We are working closely with the FDA and with several independent labs to investigate this. We work with a group of experts to help us get to the bottom of things, which includes microbiologists, toxin and pathogen experts, and allergists.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the FDA declined to confirm whether it was investigating the product.
The New York-based company last week asked its customers to get rid of the French Lentil and Leek Crumbles product after a “small number” of people reported gastrointestinal discomfort. Daily Harvest had offered a $10 credit to people who purchased the product, which launched in April.
Daily Harvest launched in 2015 and said it was valued at over $1 billion after its Series D funding last November. The company has been endorsed by a number of celebrities including Bobby Flay, Gwyneth Paltrow, Serena Williams and many more. Daily Harvest often enlists influencers to try out their products, some of whom have now documented their illnesses on Instagram and TikTok.
Daily Harvest did not respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment.