It's apparently not just Soylent bars making people sick. The company is now warning customers about its signature meal replacement powder, which has been removed from shelves after a "handful" of users reported cases of diarrhea, vomiting, and other stomach issues, just like with its Food Bars. Though "our tests all came back negative for food pathogens, toxins or outside contamination," this has "allowed us to shift our focus to whether any one ingredient might be triggering a food intolerance," the company says in a blog post, per Gizmodo. Soylent's products have several ingredients in common, but the company notes its premixed drinks appear to be safe.
Soylent says anyone who has consumed version 1.6 of the meal replacement powder without issue can continue, "but if you have had any sensitivities, we suggest discarding whatever is left and letting us know." The powder ($54 for the equivalent of 28 meals) has found a following among busy Silicon Valley types, and at least some are still willing to stick by the company, per the Los Angeles Times. In fact, many online are upset that they won't be able to buy more Soylent products for a while. Soylent, however, is already working on a new powder and bar that it says won't include suspect ingredients, to be available by early 2017 at the latest. (Read more Soylent stories.)