Another product will be added to the increasing number of recalls as recently introduced Soylent Food Bar could possibly make its consumers sick.
Following cookie dough possible infestations and exploding phones, Soylent is the latest producer to recall its products after buyers reported feeling ill after consuming the bars, prompting the company to cease shipments and advising consumers to throw away any remaining such products.
Soylent, the Silicon Valley-based startup, specializes in the production and sale of liquid and powder meal replacing supplements, products including the Soylent 1.6 and 2.0, to name just a few.
The cause of the recall is the Soylent Food Bar, a 250-calorie meal replacer which was released in August 2016 and should provide the consumer with 12.5 percent of the daily nutrients recommended for consumption as it offers a high amount of proteins whilst maintaining a limit on calorie and saturated fat intake.
A mere month after its release, the product had to be recalled after the company’s community discussion boards started filling with complaints, to be shortly followed by public Reddit and Twitter posts. The sickness complaints, all in the gastrointestinal area, varied across user and included nausea, diarrhea and violent vomiting, all marked by repeated instances and not stand alone cases.
The company issued a public apology on their blog for the discomfort caused by their product and also announced its withdrawal from the market and halted shipment until it would be deemed safe for general consumption. Soylent also stated that it would presently be contacting via email all the customers that bought Food Bars and will be offering them a full refund.
The company representatives stated, before the recall, that the food bars are put through microbiological, chemical, and physical tests during production, respect rigorous criteria and are also manufactured in an FDA inspected facility.
Despite this, Soylent is not at its first problem as the Soylent 2.0 October shipments were delayed after mold problems were discovered, and also features somewhat questionable facilities after their Food Bars plant, separate from the other products’ facilities, seems to be quite overdue for an FDA control.
According to Soylent, the cause for these violent reactions to the bars is as yet unknown but will be looked into so as to be solved. The company’s other products, such as its drinkables and powder-based replacements, have not shown signs of similar reactions.
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