Well, You Could Be a Pet Food Taster
March 7, 2018 1:04pm CST
I do remember eating a tiny bit of our dogs's Milk-Bone dog biscuits when I was a little kid. I did chew and swallow a little bit of that dog biscuit, and I have to say that dog biscuit was rather flavorless, but nice and crunchy. There are professional pet food tasters. That job is not easy to get or an easy job to perform. A pet food taster must have the ability to determine what tastes a pet would like. Pet food tasters must also make sure the pet foods they taste meet a brand's exacting quality standards. There are quite a few pet food tasters gainfully employed, and those folks really do like their jobs. Pet food tasters are well aware that actually eating the pet food in their mouths is not a good idea. There are animals foods out there that are definitely not safe for humans to swallow due to the foods not meeting the nutritional needs of humans. A pet food taster must chew a sample of individual pet foods very carefully. While chewing, the pet food taster must concentrate on the pet food in his or her mouth and give honest feedback about the pet food. After giving feedback about the food tasted, the pet food taster spits the food out. A pet food taster can log in 100 tastes of dog food, cat food, and even parrot food each day. An entry level pet food taster can make about $30,000 a year. An experienced pet food taster can make around $75,000 a year. Experience in food preparation, along with a good palette, is what those who employ pet food tasters are after. Due to the fact that a pet food taster writes a lot of reports in a laboratory environment, candidates for pet food taster must be able to describe each pet food's subtleties in texture and taste. A great skill for a potential pet food taster to have is that of a food technologist. A food technologist researches and develops new food products in order to improve the quality of existing products. A degree in nutrition/food science is also a plus. Some companies offer work-based training for those who want to be pet food tasters.
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• Daytona Beach, Florida
Interesting but not for me. I could not get that dog food down. However, who knows what can happen. Once I get back to the states and I cannot get a good job perhaps I might have to reconsider since I don't think people are knocking doors down to get this job.
• United States
My sister would be great for it . . . she used to try all her pets' foods . She wasn't a nutritionist or food scientist, but she did a lot of research for food health for her furry loves, and she was an English major to be able to write up such reports .
Interesting post dear friend @Corbin5 ! Though I know this ...as a Vet and more that being lover of nature human beings can never understand the appetite and taste of a pet. everythibg depend upon the deficiency they have in the body! I have many dogs with me and initially I used to ffed them with ready made feeds...to find that they never liked.....there after my dogs get traditional feeds what they are suppose to get and they are happy so am I! Thnaks!
• Fairfield, Texas
Considering I have 13 of them, they can be picky boogers @Corbin5 even though when I open a can, it looks pretty good. The shredded beef looks pretty good but then again, I don't think they want to share. I don't think I'd make a good pet tester.
• United States
Now that is one job that I don't think I would ever want. Not that some pet food is bad, but I am sure there are many varieties of pet food a taster has to taste. And that is just not my thing. And besides, I am a very picky eater as it is.