Food poisoning, unsafe temperatures

Jennifer Coward is making soup for her daughter in her kitchen on July 13 in Palos Verdes, Calif. She is better now, but Jennifer had experienced crushing fatigue and full-body itching after eating a vegan meat replacement. There have been reports of customers suffering health problems after eating a vegan meat-replacement product called “lentil crumbles” that was sold by the online meal-kit company Daily Harvest. Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/TNS

LOS ANGELES — Days after trying a new lentil product from the meal subscription company Daily Harvest, Los Angeles resident Jackie Sloboda was debilitated by full-body itching, stabbing abdominal pains and jaundice that turned her skin and eyes yellow.

On her third day in a West L.A. hospital, as she worried that she was dying of liver failure, Sloboda, 36, learned that the product she had eaten twice had just been recalled. Soon, hundreds of people in 36 states would report gastrointestinal pain and abnormal liver function, and 113 would be hospitalized, the highest number of any known U.S. foodborne illness outbreak this year, according to federal data.

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