And, did I say the the FDA appears to have closed its investigation after nearly 400 reported illnesses?
Tara, you might remember that it is an ingredient in both Daily Harvest French Lentil and Leek Crumbles and in Revive Pineapple and Mango Smoothies. Tara, or Caesalpinia spinosa is a shrub or tree that can reach a height of 8 meters with spreading, grey-barked leafy branches. The leaves are compound, bipinnate, alternate and spirally organized and reach a length of 35 cm. The fruit is a flat oblong indehiscent reddish pod which contains 4 ~ 7 large round black seeds composed of endosperm (22% by weight), germ (40%) and hull (38%). The tara tree is native to the Cordillera region of Peru and Bolivia in South America, where the fruit grows from April to December. Tara trees grow at up to 3,000 meters above sea level and tolerate dry climates and poor soils including those high in sand and rocks. The tree is also resistant to most pathogens and pests. Mature pods are usually harvested by hand and typically sun dried before processing.
Months ago, I announced that both Daily Harvest and Revive used tara in products that have been linked to acute liver failure in some of its customers. In the past week, during the course of litigation, we have learned that Daily Harvest and Revive share a common manufacturer and supplier of tara – Molinos.
Here is the Daily Harvest chain of distribution – Daily Harvest sold it, Stonegate manufactured it, Smirk’s imported it and Molinos manufactured it.
Here is the Revive chain of distribution – Revive manufactured it and sold it, Miski imported it and Molinos manufactured it.