TerraVia has announced that it will put a stop to its algae flour supply commitments to Soylent as the food substitute basically put the blame on them.
Soylent has been making the headlines more often these days. The United States-based company is specialized on meal replacements.
Their products come in a variety of forms. Liquid, powdered, and solid form meal bars are available. Soylent products are said to meet an adult’s nutrimental requirements.
However, the company has been facing another problem. Earlier this year, product users started reporting health issues. More exactly, some reported gastrointestinal illnesses.
Their issues started being revealed in October. As a precautionary move, Soylent decided to recall the reported products. Initially, only food bar users accused problems. However, a short while after, Soylent also had powder substitute-related health issues.
Following the recalls, Soylent initiated its own investigations. On November 7, the company potentially put the blame on someone else. The algae powder delivered by TerraVia was blamed for the health problems.
Soylent also stated that it will be removing the algae powder from its products. TerraVia, in its turn, has offered a response.
The company is none too pleased for having been placed responsible. TerraVia Holdings, Inc. is a United States biotechnology company. It is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
The publicly held company was formerly known as Solazyme. It is specialized in low-cost plant-based sugar transformations. These get turned into oils.
Following the name change, TerraVia also moved its focus. As such, these oils are now targeted for food and personal care products usage.
Apu Mody, the company CEO, released a statement. In it, he expressed the company’s surprise at being held accountable. The statement was released on December 20. It in it, the CEO states that Soylent rushed in making the announcement.
Mody pointed out that the company did not provide evidence that a full investigation has been carried out. Soylent products are composed of over 40 ingredients. Evidence of a proper formula investigation has not been offered.
As such, the algae product could have been prematurely identified as the cause. The algae powder could have been either the reason or just a factor.
However it may be, TerraVia announced that it will end its Soylent collaboration. The company CEO stated that they will no longer be providing the algae flour. The decision will come into effect following the delivery of the last command.
These shipping requirements have reportedly been fulfilled. Last week should have marked the last such supply.
Still, the TerraVia decision has been considered somewhat unclear. More exactly, it has been potentially viewed as unnecessary.
Following the algae flour announcement, Soylent went to offer details. As such, the substitute company announced that it will no longer be using the product.
Soylent also stated that it will and has redesigned its affected products. Not only that, but it has already re-released its Soylent Powder food substitute.
The new version, 1.7, will no longer have algae flour in its composition. The Food Bar will also be redesigned as such. Product shipments will also be stopped for the time being.
Soylent has also reportedly released an answer. It claims that the TerrVia shipment withdrawal will not affect its products. Both the concerned and the remaining product will be redesigned. They will all be algae-flour-free. Soylent explained that they have made the change out of an “abundance of caution”.
It remains to be seen how the algae flour complaints will affect the two companies. Or if they will have a further effect.
In the meantime, TerraVie is reportedly the subject of other complaints. As such, its products may potentially face further problems.
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