Rachel Drori – Incompetent & Careless Daily Harvest CEO (Updated 2023)
Rachel Drori is the CEO and founder of Daily Harvest, the company responsible for one of the largest known US foodborne illness outbreaks in 2022.
The faulty products of Rachel Drori’s Daily Harvest have sent 113 people to the hospital so far.
People in 36 states have reported abnormal liver function and gastrointestinal pain.
One victim said that the pain was worse than getting run over by a car.
The harmful effects of Rachel Drori’s faulty products persist for months. People report that they are experiencing fatigue even though they haven’t consumed any Daily Harvest products for 2-3 months.
Jackie Solobda, one of the hundreds of Rachel’s victims, told the media she is upset, angry and anxious about the future of her health.
It’s worth noting that it’s the first widespread instance of foodborne illness in teh $15-billion meal kit sector.
Rachel Drori’s company grew substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the reason why people suffered from her products has exposed a huge flaw in Daily Harvest. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate this company.
“Following No FDA Safety Requirements” – How Rachel Drori’s Company Operates
The meal kit sector has hundreds of companies. However, very few of them have a registration with the FDA.
Moreover, they don’t have to follow the strict FDA safety requirements which focus on mitigating the spread of any foodborne illness.
Also, FDA safety regulations ensure that companies prepare the food in sanitary conditions.
Experts reveal there isn’t much consistency in the inspection of such companies at state and local level.
People like Rachel Drori have been able to get away with careless food preparation as the meal delivery industry grew rather quickly.
The uncertainty of mailing perishable food made it extremely difficult for federal health officials to understand just how dangerous this industry can be.
Rachel Drori’s Daily Harvest is quite popular in California. Her company had sent 28k bags of their French Lentil + Leek Crumbles to influencers and clients.
Their promise of offering sustainably packaged organic and vegan products attracted a ton of customers.
However the foodborne illness has left their clients feeling betrayed.
Furthermore, they have no idea what caused their illness. Daily Harvest’s “nutritious” food has severely harmed many Californians so far.
One victim said she trusted the company to be healthy. Clearly, she was wrong.
She is hospitalized after experiencing severe abdominal pain. Her fault? She had eaten Rachel Drori’s product twice.
“The Recall Was a Success” – Daily Harvest’s Response to the Outbreak
When the media reached out to Daily Harvest to ask questions about their regulation and where they manufacture their products, they didn’t respond.
However, their rep said their product recall was a success. In fact, Rachel Drori’s company claims that nobody reported to them that they had unknowingly eaten the product after they had announced their recall.
It’s worth noting that they announced the recall on June 17 and the latest reported onset of symptoms was on July 16.
The controversial product is a substitute for ground meat which you can use in pastas, tacos and salads. Rachel Drori claims her company makes this crumble with butternut squash, mushrooms and legumes.
Within a month of the product launch, people started experiencing serious symptoms.
Some of these symptoms include:
- Excruciating abdominal pain
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Itching in the entire body
Nearly 500 people have reported symptoms by now.
Around a month after the recall, Rachel Drori’s company told customers that the reason for this sickness was tara flour, an ingredient made from Peru-based tree seeds.
Rachel told customers that it was the first and only time they had used this ingredient. However, it’s unclear why this ingredient sickened people.
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Rachel Drori is Now Facing a Class Action Lawsuit
A Seattle lawyer, Bill Marler is currently representing over 350 people. He highlighted that 26 of his clients had to get their gallbladders removed while 8 had liver biopsies.
Companies that make most of their income by selling directly to consumers fall under the regulation of their state and local governments in the US.
Originally, the exception was to help restaurants and grocery stores.
However, meal kit providers like Daily Harvest are taking advantage of these laws as well, even though they are not limited to one state.
The FDA is considering making some serious changes in its existing laws to regulate such companies. They don’t want such an outbreak to happen again.
Initially, Daily Harvest didn’t handle the situation properly as well.
They sent emails to their customers telling them to throw away the product because a “small number” of people had reported “gastrointestinal discomfort”.
Clearly, it was misleading.
Rachel Drori’s company failed to mention the most common symptom: liver issues.
Moreover, they didn’t give their customers any contact information for the FDA.
Obviously, the company didn’t want the federal authority to take notice. In many places, the local authorities didn’t take any action citing the company doesn’t fall under their jurisdiction.
The Mystery of Daily Harvest:
It’s important to find out where Daily Harvest manufactures its products or if they pay a third-party manufacturer to do the job.
Currently, Rachel Drori and her company haven’t shared any information on where they get their ingredients, who produces their products or any aspect of their manufacturing process.
Bill hopes to find out the name of their tara flour supplier.
It’s worth noting that most of these transparency issues wouldn’t exist if Daily Harvest was registered with the FDA.
Moreover, it would have forced the meal kit firm to be more attentive to its product quality.
However, it isn’t and the customers had to bear the costs.
As Daily Harvest shares no information on the manufacturer of its products, customers have to take their word for its quality.
Now, customers will have to be more skeptical.
More Information on Rachel Drori:
Rachel founded Daily Harvest in 2014 with a personal investment of $25,000. The company sells a subscription service where they deliver smoothies, chia parfaits, soups and other superfoods.
She is 37 years old.
Her net worth is $125 million.
There is no information available on Rachel Drori’s husband.
Before starting Daily Harvest, Rachel used to work as a marketing executive at the Glit Group.
After going through the above points, it’s obvious how poorly Rachel handled the entire situation.
Her company didn’t take the initial complaints seriously. Moreover, the company tried to downplay the situation to its existing customers knowing they were in possession of a contaminated product.
The result? Over a hundred people are in the hospital.
Numerous people have undergone liver biopsies and gallbladder removals because of Rachel Drori’s product.
It’s quite common for negligent business executives to ignore such problems. For example, Arif Janmohamed is one of the people running Lightspeed Ventures and stayed silent when his colleagues were harassing the women working there.
Hence, beware of her and her company, Daily Harvest.
After sending hundreds of people to the hospital, causing many of them to lose their gall bladders or undergo liver biopsies, it’s obvious that Rachel Drori is not a reliable business executive. Beware of her and Daily Harvest.
- Responsible for the biggest foodborne illness outbreak of 2022
- Sent hundreds of people to the hospital
- Failed to mitigate the problem
- Lack of transparency