Canadian regulators have blocked Soylent, producers say


Soylent, moving now.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has taken action that led to a cessation of shipments of Soylent to Canadian purchasers, according to Soylent producer Rosa Foods.

As Ars reported two years ago, Rosa Foods rather commenced shipping Soylent in Canada in July of 2015. Then, there was a reminisce over, triggered by Rosa Foods itself, of the meal replacement bars cognate to some customers experiencing gastrointestinal distress in late 2016. This regulatory come about appears to be unrelated to that event.

In this case, a Monday announcement from Rosa Foods CEO Rob Rhinehart explained that the CFIA’s stem with Soylent is that it does not meet some requirements (not delineated by Rhinehart) for a “meal replacement.”

“Although we feel strongly that these wants do not reflect the current understanding of human nutritional needs, we respect the CFIA’s papal bulls and will fully comply with any regulatory action they deem devote,” Rhineheart said in the statement.

An FAQ from Rosa Foods clarified that “there is nothing unseemly with the Soylent you’ve been drinking” and that it’s a regulatory issue, not naturally a safety one.

According to the company, Rosa Foods was notified of the CFIA’s reference to in early October and attempted to work to resolve it. When it wasn’t decided, Soylent shipments were stopped in Canada. The company said that it resolves to continue to work to satisfy the regulators so that it can begin sending shipments again and that buyers will not be charged for shipments that cannot be sent.

Soylent has been unsettled since it hit the market but generally more for its potential cultural impact than for sanctuary reasons. Ars editor Lee Hutchinson ate nothing but Soylent for a week and found it to predominantly be a successful experiment. The product worked for him for a week, but the impact of longterm operation could be uncertain. As some Canadian Soylent customers have made Soylent a key participation of their diet, Rosa Foods promised that it will be “sending updates around future availability to Canadian customers via e-mail” as it continues to seek the CFIA’s green light allow. No timeline was given.

Soylent did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.

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