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When will they Spoil? A Pet Food Experiment

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  1. Nancy

    I did this same experiment with a jar of applesauce. I have problems with preservatives, chemicals, etc. in
    my food. Opened a jar of applesauce (store brand) and ate some. Forgot about it for awhile. No mold, no
    nothing…..Contacted the company and they insisted that in this jar of applesauce there was nothing but
    apples and water. I let it sit in the fridge up until September. It went from April 2015 until September 2015 and it was just as great as the day it was opened. Truly a miracle of what?? It was thrown away. Needless to say I no longer trust this or many of the companies anymore.

    1. Sherrie Ashenbremer

      Our food along with our pets food is not healthy. I just don’t know what to eat anymore, I thought chicken was good but it’s not. I thought veggies (produce) was good but not sure where that is really coming from . I worry about my dogs all the time. I have five dogs, I try to feed them good foods. I don’t want to make my own because I don’t believe I can give them all the nutrition they need. So scary to eat these days, why does the USA allow GMO and bad stuff that the Europeans do not!

  2. Laura

    I agree, I think the human grade meat will go bad first, and much more quickly than the others do, IF they ever do.

  3. Nina Wolf

    I got $20 here that says that commercial food will still be around when we get old. Oh, wait…

    1. Debi Cohen

      Good Wolfie always around for the funny lines!

  4. Teresa Johnson

    Wow, flashbacks! More years than I care to remember my next youngest sister did a science project where she took various bread types – white, whole wheat, rye – spritz each slice with water to moisten, wrapped in clear plastic wrap, and hid them away in a desk drawer to see which molded first/most. Highly processed white bread was last. No wonder folks suffer gut issues when consuming large quantities of white breads!
    While most every pet food label says safe to store at room temp, I’ve never trusted that idea – too many variables with weather, humidity, etc. Add to it that I’m feeding hedgehogs who consume 1 – 3 tablespoons of kibble daily compared to the cups daily per cat/dog my bags are around a good while. I’ve always stored just a bit in an air-tight jar for day-to-day use with the remainder being kept in fridge or freezer, usually double bagged freezer grade bags.
    My money is on the human grade chicken going south first. Blue Buffalo probably next but not too quickly.

  5. james gearhart

    hi Susan, 1st Thank Yoy for the great work that you have done. I have bought 4 “Buyer Beware” books & given them to friends & family. 2nd I am also willing to bet that meat in the pet foods will take a VERY long time to spoil. I have been trying (for 10 wks.) to eliminate both kibble & free-feeding for my cats.They are now consuming more wet food but the pace has been slow. I have 7 kitties & finding wet foods that they will all consume (& not break the bank) has been very challenging. I still have 1 or 2 that lap up the gravy or sauce , then walk away & wait until I give them kibble. i recently joined ATPF & was wondering if you could review Purina’s Beyond cat dry food. The ingredient list looks pretty good to a novice like me except for menadione sodium bisulfite complex. I e-mailed Purina 12 days ago & have heard nothing. PLEASE ADVISE Jim G

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Hi James – with reviews in Petsumer Report, we are rebuilding the entire website right now updating each review and adding all new foods (we have about 3,000 products reviewed so far). I’m guessing that by the end of the year the new site will be up (fingers crossed) – so that review is coming.

      1. Sherrie Ashenbremer

        Susan you are an angel. There is a place in heaven for you, all you do to help out pets and all you do for our pet families. My Mom always told me to remember to say “thank you” and that would be enough. So, THANK YOU a thousand times THANK YOU! Looking forward to your 2016 Best Foods list, I purchase that every year.

    2. Laura

      I don’t know what’s in that food, but a simple keyword search on this site will show that Purina’s track record is deplorable. They’re basically one of the worst of the worst. Good food is expensive, but you make up for it in less vet bills and more quality time with your kitties. Cooking your own food might be cheaper, I’m not sure.

  6. Mandy B

    I order cases of Hound & Gatos cat food online, and one of the packages I received was damaged. One of the corner cans was dented and leaked out over the box. As soon as I opened the shipping box, the smell was horrible and putrid just like rotten meat. I literally gagged. It only took 2 days to arrive to me after being shipped, so I guess that’s a good sign that there aren’t a lot of preservatives in the food.

  7. barbara m.

    Just read an article about deli meats – how they’re made and all the various preservatives added. Deli meats are blended, mixed, emulsified, tumbled and massaged, (Egads) and are what pet food meats often look and feel like… not Real.

    So, certain pet food meats could have the preservatives blended in and then formed into meat shapes, making it harder to rinse off.

    I guess Susan will soon know. How fun. Please take lots of photos.

  8. Johanna

    So excited to see how this experiment turns out! A brilliant idea, and hopefully will give pet owners a more tangible idea of why these foods are so awful. (Scary bit about the bread as well!) I’m going with your prediction, Susan, and I agree with the other comments, please post lots of pics! @ Barbara, that’s a good point! And if I recall correctly, they’re tumbled in something similar to a washing machine with ammonia (!?) to kill any bacteria. It’s insane. FDA is useless. No processed foods in my house anymore. *smh*

  9. andi

    Great Job SHERLOCK!:)
    You are always thinking out of the box. Thanks for keeping us informed. Look forward to knowing your results.

  10. Debi Cohen

    What a great experiment, wish I had thought of it myself, so good of you and of course……….innovative, love this, much cheaper and time efficient then waiting on a lab, good goin miss Susan, you are so one of my favorite people!!!!! Cannot wait for the results. Thank you so much for being so un-selfish and so caring, no brown-nosing here just the simple truth.

  11. Amee Rech

    Outstanding experiment! I will await updates with tented fingers.

  12. Jo Singer

    I too await eagerly to see these results. Thanks for setting up this experiment. I also wonder how long canned cat food (high quality) that is refrigerated will take to spoil. I keep any open can with an air tight cover for only one day tops in the fridge. That’s why I like the 3 oz cans.

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