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Future food firm Soylent has issued a total recall on its food bars after reports that they were giving some consumers upset stomachs. The food bars, launched last month and designed to give 12.5 per cent of the total nutrients needed for a day, have now been withdrawn from sale and the company is offering a full refund. "A …

  1. Chris G Silver badge

    Soylent makes you green

    See title.

  2. Martin Summers Silver badge

    Samsung not the only company to have 'explosive' issues. I just can't decide what's worse, blowing your customer up on the inside or the outside.

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Trollface

    Total Recall

    ...on the fart bars!

    But will we be told what biochemical processes are the root cause of the gaseous disaster?

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: Total Recall

      One of my sources claims that Fort Detrick seems to be interested but wouldn't divulge any details.

    2. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Total Recall

      repurpose the recipe as a gag item, alongside the hot pepper gum and the 'stinky' deoderant.

  4. DougS Silver badge

    12.5% of the nutrients needed for a single day?

    A quick Google tells me they have 250 calories, which is about 12.5% of the calories needed for a single day (depending on sex & weight) So wow, if you eat those you'll get an average amount of nutrients for the calories you are consuming....however did they manage such an impossible feat?

    Surely there are about a million superior alternatives out there, many of which are in the form of 'bars' as well. I think this company sounds like a one trick pony that's basically the ironic name and that's it.

    1. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

      Re: 12.5% of the nutrients needed for a single day?

      I think the point of their food stuffs is that they're not just energy, but all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fibre, etc., etc., that they think a human body needs.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: 12.5% of the nutrients needed for a single day?

        Where could they possibly get the perfect nutritional balance for the human body in an easily processable form?

        Ma's a bar. So's Pa, and Grandpa.

  5. GBE

    Quality control issue or just a bad design?

    "It's not the first time the firm has had quality control issues"

    So they've confirmed this is a quality control issue (meaning that the bars don't contain what they're supposed to contain), and not a design problem (meaning they contain what was intended, but it turns out that's not A Good Thing(TM))?

  6. Fungus Bob Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Just relabel them as energy bars...

    ...and call the jet assist a feature, not a bug!

    Icon for what happens when you fire up the afterburner :)

  7. fidodogbreath Silver badge
    Megaphone

    PEOPLE!!!!

    Someone had to say it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: PEOPLE!!!!

      There are people in bars?

      1. mhoulden
        Pint

        Re: PEOPLE!!!!

        There will be from lunchtime onwards

        1. TRT Silver badge

          Re: PEOPLE!!!!

          The Soylent tours were incredibly popular. Unfortunately the cause of this popularity was a slight typographical error in the brochure which read "The Soylent Factory employees will make a very good meal for visiting tourists", instead of "The Soylent Factory employees will make a very good meal OF visiting tourists".

  8. Mycho Silver badge

    It probably depends on the gut in question. Brassicas do nasty things to me, but are considered normal food for this time of year.

    1. Mephistro Silver badge

      True. I'd also propose old legumes. When they're a few months old, the seed's "skin" produces some polysaccharides that somehow disrupt the gut flora and cause megaton-level farts. "New" legumes don't cause so many farts, but they're usually more expensive.

      So this could be caused by a change in providers, a way of cutting corners or a simple lack of foresight by the company.

      I also agree with other fellow commentards that pointed to the lack of quality control.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Onions. Lots of fried onions, especially slightly gone off onions.

        Volume and flavour.

  9. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Go

    Soylent Bars are made from irritating people?

    (It sure it would sound better if Charlton Heston said it.)

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Future food firm Soylent"

    So what industry are they in at present? Ingestible but not quite safe bars of some description?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What would Sol say?

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I like the idea but the naming...

    The idea of a "just eat this one thing" for a complete diet without having to shop or balance it is great, but I'd really want some third party body to go "yeah we know our stuff... this is a balanced diet and good long term" or something.

    Because I'm not going to take some guy's word for it.

    But the other big thing is it's fucking called "Soylent", if the BBC documentaries have taught me anything it's that nice sounding things with happy packaging actually matters to us.

    I can't be the only person who thinks this?

    1. Raumkraut

      Re: I like the idea but the naming...

      I'd really want some third party body to go "yeah we know our stuff... this is a balanced diet and good long term" or something.

      They effectively already have that, since they should be working to the RDAs defined by national or trans-national nutritional and food-packaging regulations. I don't know about Soylent specifically, but the nutritional information on the back of a pack of Joylent says that each package contains 100% of the RDA of just about everything.

      Long-term is pretty much always a question for anything, but unless you want a 50-year lead time on any new foodstuff, I suppose "it doesn't immediately kill you" is about as good as we can get.

  13. Steven Roper

    Looks to me

    Like Soylent have been sourcing their ingredients from the same supplier Haribo uses for their colonoscopy-friendly gummy bears...

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    You're eating it wrong!

  15. Nolveys Silver badge

    You maniacs!

    You blew it up! Damn you to...wait, this isn't the Samsung thread.

  16. J P
    Coat

    Oops

    I read "bars" as a verb in the headline so this wasn't quite the story I was expecting

  17. Timmy B Silver badge

    no... no... no... no...

    I'll eat proper food, thanks. This is just a horrible idea and if you're eating them it's no wonder your insides are rebelling.

  18. Wiltshire
    Joke

    You were only supposed to blow the bloody profits up.

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