Venture capital start-up suspends sale of powder for meals as investigation continues over claims of upset stomachs after use.
After halting sales of a nutrition bar that seemed to be making people sick earlier, liquid meal maker Soylent has also suspended the sale of it premier product for the same reason, according to a story on latimes.com.
The article continues to say both products contain similar ingredients, and the company said there appears to be a common ingredient that is causing people to complain of diarrhea, vomiting and upset stomachs after using the products.
Soylent products have become the go-to product for those looking to get a quick pick me up while on the go. The products are intended to be mixed with water or other liquids, and contain fats, carbohydrates, and nutrients, and is designed to replace a traditional meal.
The company also sells premixed drinks and the manufacturer’s say those products will still be available. So for there haven’t been any concerns expressed over these products.
Supporters of the product say they will be disappointed if they are unable to replenish their stock of the powdered product, and expressed support for the company in online forums. The company said they recently passed a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation, and the conducted tests came back negative for food pathogens, toxins and outside contamination.
The company urged their customers to discard any remaining powder they have on hand and discontinue its use. The firm also says they plan to have newly-formulated products available early in 2017, possibly without the suspected ingredients that may have caused the problems to the customers.
They also pledged to share the results of their internal investigations with the FDA and cooperate fully with the agency.
Soylent was a start-up with $20 million in backing by venture capitalists, and its goal was to change the way people eat. A container of the powder being suspended sells for about $54, and contains enough powder for about 28 meals. The premixed drinks cost slightly more.