Soylent, the meal-replacement product known as the “anti-food of the future,” is making headlines for all the wrong reasons this week. Users are complaining on both Soylent’s website and a similar Reddit thread that the nutrition company’s newly released food bars, called Soylent 2.0, are making them violently ill, with symptoms that are consistent with those of food poisoning.
User Rayleigh documented vomiting three times in two weeks after consuming the Soylent 2.0 bars. In total, 51 people have reported similar adverse reactions on both Reddit and the Soylent website.
Rosa Labs, the company that makes the bars, is uncertain as to the cause of these bouts of illness, but have recalled the product temporarily until a solution is found.
“After these reports, we have retrieved remaining bars from our consumers and have personally consumed many of the remaining bars without adverse effects. We have also sent them for further microbiological testing and all tests have come back negative. Based on this we remain very confident in the safety of the bars.”
A source tells Arstechnica that Soylent is currently spending tens of thousands of dollars to get to the bottom of the issue.