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Would You Taste Test Pet Food?


Even though I once accidentally ate one of North's P-Nuttiers, I can't imagine nibbling some kibble or spooning up some stinky wet food. That's not the case with this gentleman, though. Simon Allison is a senior food technologist at British retailer Marks & Spencer . . . and that fancy title means he has the lucky(?) job of taste testing pet food to carry in their stores. "I’m looking for a patè texture, almost to the point where you could spread it on crusty bread," Allison says, and counts amongst his favorites, the organic luxury chicken dinner with vegetables for cats. "It has the taste and aroma of chicken and some of what you call the red flavors — things like heart and liver; gutsy, savory notes." Ummm, yuck?! Granted, I don't even care for the consistency or contents of real patè, so I'm counting myself out but would you willingly (and knowingly) sample your pet's yums?

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