Understandably, my 350+ customers sickened by Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles (and possibly other products) are spooked and irritated by the lack of information about the contaminant in tara, which the FDA says has hospitalized more than 100 people with symptoms consistent with acute liver failure. Dozens of people have had their gallbladders removed, as well as multiple liver biopsies. Hundreds of people suffered for more than two months from an illness with unbearable pain, jaundice, multiple procedures including extensive blood draws, MRIs, CT scans – and the list goes on.
Because they don’t know what made them sick, they fear future complications that may or may not appear. Medical bills are pouring in now, potentially damaging credit scores and bankrupting some.
And what did they do – they thought they were eating something healthy.
Over a month ago, Daily Harvest confirmed that Tara in French Lentil + Leek Crumbles was the cause of the outbreak and Daily Harvest confirmed this again in recent correspondence with customers.
We privately asked Daily Harvest and its manufacturer, Stone Gate, and now its tara supplier, Smirks, to consider three things: 1) provide us with tara samples for independent testing, 2) name the chain full supply of Tara so that can be brought into the ongoing litigation so that all responsible parties are in the same courtroom, and 3) consider financially assisting victims now to avoid further suffering .
So far essentially silent on 1 and 2. No. 3 is in progress.
They may delay the above, but ultimately the Court will force respect from all three.
In an effort to find the root cause of the contamination, I shared with Daily Harvest, Stone Gate, Smirk’s AND THE FDA redacted information about the symptoms and test results of hundreds of people. We also provided all four with real-time product testing results.
Everyone’s goal should be to find out what happened and what is causing the suffering and to stop it – right?