A post on blog.soylent.me from 1/21/2014 reads:
“This week we received confirmation from RFI that all of our ingredients and manufacturing processes meet or exceed Kosher standards, and that Soylent 1.0 will be certified Kosher.”
Now, 3/31, I read…
“Unfortunately the custom oil blend (canola+fish oil) will not be Kosher certified, but we hope to remedy that in future orders.”
So…a few questions for @JulioMiles or whomever else would know the authoritative answers:
1)Why was the statement made in January that Soylent (I’m assuming this means both powder and oil) was kosher? Maybe this was RFI misleading you guys - not trying to point any fingers or spread blame, just trying to figure out what the deal is. What changed?
2)What is the proposed remedy that is mentioned in the 3/31 post, and is there a timeline on it?
3)Most importantly for my order, what type of fish are you guys using in your oil that makes the mixture treyf? Is this an ingredient issue or a certification issue? That is, are the ingredients in the mix kosher, but the mix simply isn’t certified, or is there swordfish or catfish or crab or something in the mix?
4)Is there, or could there be, a suggested “semi-DIY” alternate oil mix that provides identical or similar nutrition? I’d still like to use Soylent to its full potential. If there’s a somewhat easy way for me to provide my own oil and get the full benefit of Soylent, I don’t mind doing that as a stopgap measure in the interim as I wait for the official oil blend to become kosher.
I hate to be one of the naysayers warning about cancelled orders - and I don’t want to cancel - but having to skip the oil is a significant drawback to Soylent’s nutritional profile. I’m trying to figure whether the oil blend might be up to my personal kashrut standards, or, if it’s not, whether I can find a way around using it.