If your food is old (or expired) it could be less nutritious and even dangerous for your dog to eat.
The COAST+RANGE team visited a few local (chain) pet stores near our headquarters in California to see how fresh the dog food sitting on the shelves was. We analyzed the “Best By” dates on the packaging and were surprised that the food was 6 MONTHS old on average.
The problem is that dog food starts to lose its nutritional value over time, so if your dog is eating old dog food, they may not be getting the proper nutrition. Even more alarming, some of the products we sampled were expired (past their “Best By” dates) and should not have been sold at all.
Last June the top-selling premium pet food company in the US was sued alleging staggering levels of lead contamination in their food (levels between 140 ppb and 840 ppb - parts per billion). For comparison, the State of California requires bottled water to contain no more than 5 ppb. You can learn more about this lawsuit here.
About the same time a report came out from thecleanlabelproject.com showing heavy metal contamination may not be confined to the #1 brand. Of the 71 different brands of premium and grocery store dog and cat foods they tested an overwhelming majority contained more lead, mercury and cadmium than is allowed in US drinking water. Where this heavy metal contamination is coming from is a mystery however one theory is that is comes from ingredients sourced from countries with lax pollution control standards (countries like China where many pet food companies source their ingredients).
WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
For starters, pet stores MUST do a better job of removing expired dog food from their shelves (or you could order from COAST+RANGE where we guarantee our food is always fresh and nutritious). In addition, pet food companies need to proactively test their products for heavy metal contamination (something that COAST+RANGE does on every batch of food we make) to ensure their food is safe and free from contamination.