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Daily Harvest sued over illness linked to lentils; cause remains a medical mystery

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    MimicSquid
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    That's scary, but the response from the company is top notch. None of the normal evasions or dodges, just "we're testing for absolutely everything, and are dedicated to making things right." It's...

    That's scary, but the response from the company is top notch. None of the normal evasions or dodges, just "we're testing for absolutely everything, and are dedicated to making things right." It's good to see someone really focused on figuring out what went wrong and trying to fix it.

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    1. Diff
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      I don't know why humanity is so beyond most companies. One of the few instances where the whole is less than the sum of its parts

      I don't know why humanity is so beyond most companies. One of the few instances where the whole is less than the sum of its parts

      3 votes
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    patience_limited
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    It's funny that the spouse and I were just in the grocery store yesterday and I was warning him off a particularly heavily processed plant (pea) protein product. There's still no satisfactory...

    It's funny that the spouse and I were just in the grocery store yesterday and I was warning him off a particularly heavily processed plant (pea) protein product. There's still no satisfactory answer for animal health problems (cardiomyopathy in dogs and cats) and "grain-free" pet food formulations.

    Lentils are a great protein source, but the properties of processed plant protein fractions are only starting to be studied. It's possible that this product had a heavy concentration of trypsin inhibitors (causing excessive pancreatic enzyme secretion), or peptide fractions with other unwanted effects.

    Edit: Dang, the Reddit commentary sounds awful. Aflatoxin is a possibility, but major acute aflatoxin poisoning outbreaks in humans are historically rare, and Daily Harvest would have to have catastrophically and conspicuously f*cked up.

    3 votes
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      cfabbro
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      That thread and the others about the issue on /r/DailyHarvest paints a far less flattering picture of the company’s behaviour, if it’s true that they’re trying to get people to unknowingly sign...

      That thread and the others about the issue on /r/DailyHarvest paints a far less flattering picture of the company’s behaviour, if it’s true that they’re trying to get people to unknowingly sign legal forms, sent such a softly worded recall notice only mentioning “GI discomfort”, and replied to concerned customer emails with surveys implying the blame lies with those customers.

      cc: @MimicSquid

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        MimicSquid
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        Oh, ugh. Well, thanks for letting me know.

        Oh, ugh. Well, thanks for letting me know.

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        1. cfabbro
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          NP. Everything said there should probably be taken with a grain of salt though, since those customers are justifiably angry/frightened and so may be assuming the absolute worst of everything said...

          NP. Everything said there should probably be taken with a grain of salt though, since those customers are justifiably angry/frightened and so may be assuming the absolute worst of everything said by the company. But regardless, what a mess. :(

          3 votes