I dug back through the archives of the blog and here is what was posted on 25 October 2013 (http://blog.soylent.me/post/65063846024/today-we-are-pleased-to-announce-that-we-have):
RFI has provided the following tentative timeline for production:
6-8 weeks for procuring raw ingredients. Our vegan vitamin and
mineral blend has the longest lead time and will be subject to the most
rigorous of testing for heavy metals and impurities. The FDA has given
particular consideration to vitamin and mineral claims and requires the
greatest amount of testing to ensure all claims regarding levels and
concentrations are valid.
2-3 weeks for identity and microbial testing of each ingredient.
Ingredients will be tested as they arrive to reduce the total lead time.
One of the main reasons why we chose RFI is because they are at the top
of the industry when it comes to testing and quality assurance; often
times running valuable tests for impurities and potential health hazards
that aren’t required by any state or federal laws. We will post every
test result on our website so you know that Soylent is pure and safe.
3-4 weeks for blending, quality assurance testing and packaging of
225,000 days of Soylent. Approximately 70,000 days of Soylent will be
produced, tested and shipped weekly. As soon as the first week of
production finishes and proper quality assurance tests are run, we will
be able to start the first shipment of Soylent.
According to RFI, subsequent orders will take a total of 10-12 weeks
to source, test and manufacture. The main reason for the reduction in
future order lead times is due to the fact that RFI runs additional
tests on new ingredients (the vitamin/mineral blend) that take an extra
1-2 weeks. Presumably, future orders will not have the new ingredient
That last part about not retesting the ingredients going forward is probably a little optimistic at least for the first rounds of reordering as vendor quals that FDA finds acceptable generally requires you to test several batches and then move to occasional spot checks. That said, the tests being outlined above far exceed the crap going into my body at the moment. Assuming they have stuck to the above plan, it looks like a very rigorous testing program.