From the Soylent subreddit; link
As a publicly available document, released via the freedom of information act provided by the Canadian government, I don’t think this is against TOS.
Note : There are redactions in place.
Take a look!
Summary from the document of all of the issues CFIA found with Soylent. Looks like it was quite a bit more than simply the fat content:
- Only “Cafe Chai” contained a second non-permitted food additive (caffeine)
- All five items declare vitamin and mineral contents that do not meet the FDR specifications for meal replacements
- Each vitamin and mineral was declared as 20% DV, and this percentage was applied to the Canadian Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) to determine each amount
- Calculations showed 13 vitamins or minerals were below the minimum required amount, and 1 mineral was above the maximum allowable amount
- Required phosphorous was not declared in any of the products
Additional issues were noted and would require correction or validation to demonstrate compliance to FDR, but were not specified In our decision for the current shipment in question.
A) Based on online advertising, the energy available derived from the fat content exceeded the allowable 35%
B) Acceptable percentage of energy available derived from linoleic acid and n-3 linolenic acid must be validated
C) Acceptable nutritional quality of protein must be validated
D) Mandatory labelling as meal replacements were incomplete:
- missing declaration of linoleic acid and n-3 linolenic acid content
- missing expression of certain minerals in milligrams or micrograms
- date printed on selling unit (case of 12 bottles) Is not identified as a required expiration date
- date printed on individual bottles is identified as “Best By” and not an expiration date E) NFT for “Powder” did not include French
The importer was notified of our decision by email on Wed 2017-10-04 4:23 PM. The CBSA was advised of our determination by email on Thu 2017-10-05 11:54 AM.
(thanks to u/Basil_love for that summary!)
IDK why Soylent didn’t post this themselves this whole time. I honestly don’t find it to be a big deal.
It does illustrate how laborious it can be to sell internationally. So. Many. Different. Regulations.