Mr. Revive, what the hell are you thinking? Where are United States and Canadian health officials?
As I said the other day, for nearly a month we have known about the likely link between Revive Mango & Pineapple smoothies and an ingredient known as Tara. To date, in addition to the nearly 350 Daily Harvest cases (also with an ingredient known as Tara), we are representing over two dozen people that have suffered acute liver failure linked to Mango & Pineapple. Monday we filed two lawsuits against Revive (a Canadian company) in New York Federal Court. We have filed three lawsuits against Daily Harvest – one on behalf of a woman who lost her gallbladder and on behalf of two minor children – one an infant and one an 11-year-old.
On Monday I posted that I had just gotten off the phone with a Revive Mango & Pineapple smoothie customer who had her gallbladder removed yesterday and learned about the link between her illness and the product by Yahoo News. I had the identical call with another woman a few moments ago. She was about to have another smoothie as she recovered at home after having her gallbladder removed two days ago when she read an article in the Washington Post about the growing outbreak.
To date, Revive has NOT recalled the product – which may well be frozen in customer’s freezers. Not recalling a product that is clearly sickening your customers is both legally and morally suspect. This is all that Revive has done to date – On July 25, 2022, Revive Customer Care sent this email to some customers:
An ingredient we use (tara protein) only in our Mango & Pineapple smoothie has recently been pulled by one of our competitors. Tara protein is widely used in baked goods, smoothies, yogurts, cereals, granola, etc. to give a natural plant based protein boost.
We have conducted numerous independent lab tests for pathogens, toxins, allergens for our Mango & Pineapple smoothie all of which have come back negative. All indications suggest our Mango & Pineapple smoothie is safe to consume, however, out of an abundance of caution we’ve decided to stop shipping this product for now. We are working closely with regulatory authorities for additional testing and guidance.
We have proactively replaced Mango & Pineapple with one of your other picks. This change will also be reflected in your account’s ‘box details’ section.
Thank you for continuing to trust us to bring you nutritious and delicious food right to your door.
Customer Care Team
Surprisingly, not everyone reads my blog, or even reads the Washington Post. Companies – and the FDA and CFIA – have a moral and legal responsibility to protect consumers. Without a recall more people a bound to consume this frozen product. Revive, you will rue the day if consumers drink this tainted product after you knew or should have known that the product was unsafe. FDA, CFIA, what does the public pay you to do?