Daily Harvest fans claim lentil crumble sent them to the ER

Smoothies are supposed to be a healthy meal replacement, but some who drink Daily Harvest claim they’re getting the exact opposite.

The customizable direct-selling smoothie company has issued a recall of its plant-based, high-protein leek and lentil ‘crumbles’ after several customers reported abdominal discomfort that allegedly led to emergency room visits and even gallbladder removal.

Victims first came together on social media to share their experiences, like Cosmopolitan magazine’s digital creative director Abigail Silverman, who went viral on TikTok this week with more than 830,000 views after sharing her story. She claims to have ended up in the hospital shortly after trying the crumbles for the first time.

“When I was in the ER, they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me,” said Silverman, who was sent home with antibiotics. Five days later, her pain returned. “It was worse and I had a fever of 101.8.”

Back at the hospital, she was tested for “everything,” she recalled, including hepatitis, mono- and gallstones, and underwent a series of scans and ultrasounds. She is now seeing a liver specialist, although her illness remains a mystery.

A SubReddit for Daily Harvest shoppers has also collected multiple reports of high fevers and “debilitating” stomach pains.

“Two weeks ago I tried the sprinkles for the first time,” one report began. “That night I had a debilitating stomach ache like I had never felt before. It was so bad that I had to go to the emergency room as a last resort for relief and management of the pain. After a CT scan, IV, meds, and a week on a bland diet, I thought maybe it was some kind of insect.”

They continued: “Fast forward to yesterday, I’ve decided to give the sprinkles another try. And lo and behold, I wake up with the exact same horrible stomach ache. Luckily I have prescription meds from the last time this happened and don’t have to go back to the ER.”

Daily Harvest French lentil and leek crumble product
The plant-based crumbles were designed as a hearty, high-protein ingredient or as a meal topping.
Daily Harvest

Many others responded to the post with their parallel experiences. “I’ve been in and out of the hospital for 5 days in the past 2 weeks with extreme abdominal pain, jaundice, elevated LFTs etc. It would come on heavily after eating crumbles.” They continued, “I didn’t put it together , until DH sent an email tonight offering $10 (ha!).”

One of the more extreme reports claimed organ failure from eating crumbles. “I am here with the same experience as all of you. I even had my gallbladder removed. Legal action times guys. That’s crazy. INSANE. I am shocked.”

Product screenshot of Daily Harvest Crumbles
Daily Harvest

The plant-based product was launched just weeks later as a crunchy, hearty, high-protein topping for Daily Harvest recipes.

Now, their product page states that the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles are “temporarily discontinued” and urges retailers to “please discard this item and do not eat it.” (Concerns about their new Walnut + Thyme Crumbles have not been reported.)

Daily Harvest did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

In a press release issued on Sunday, the company confirmed that customers had received complaints of “gastrointestinal problems” after consuming the crumbles.

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and we deeply appreciate the trust you place in us and our food every day,” they began the statement, urging consumers to continue to report ailments and illnesses related to them report their products.

Daily Harvest Instagram screenshot
Daily Harvest

In an update on Wednesday, Daily Harvest continued: “We take this very seriously and are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of it. Your health and well-being are our top priority.”

They go on to outline their current investigative efforts, claiming that they first “took immediate action and arranged for a voluntary recall” upon hearing the alarming reports, and reached out directly to customers to warn them.

You are now working “closely with him [Food and Drug Administration] and with several independent laboratories” and “experts who help us to get to the bottom of it”.

“All pathogen and toxicology results have been negative so far, but we continue to conduct extensive testing and will update you,” they added.