Meet Simon Allison. He samples pet food for a living.
Allison, a UK resident, is a senior food technologist for Marks & Spencer and is responsible for pet produce.
He said he has trained his palate to detect the delicacies preferred by dogs and cats - and their owners.
Allison added, “I have trained my palate to look for materials that we will not allow in the recipe, such as tripe - pet owners react badly to the smell of tripe. I’m looking for a patÃ¨ texture, almost to the point where you could spread it on crusty bread.”
This pet food taster said he loves his job and his favorite sample is the organic luxury chicken dinner with vegetables for cats.
Although Allison does love his job, he doesn’t swallow the pet food because he said he would gain too much weight if he ate everything he tasted.
To keep his breath from smelling like dog food, he keeps a glass of water ready to rinse his mouth out and always has gum on hand.
He said he is extremely proud of what he does, and added, “The more we can make the pet food like the owner’s food, the more comfortable we think customers will be serving it.”
Source: Daily Mail