Thanks to Pamm for sending me this:
Mountain House has just dropped a gigantic bombshell press release that is going to piss off a lot of other customers who bought elsewhere.
They commissioned a study of their foods and Wise Foods (April 2012 production), which revealed that the oxygen levels of Wise Food was nearly as high as our normal atmosphere (18% .vs. 21% in the atmosphere). They further assert that the shelf life claimed by Wise Foods is inaccurate:
Consumers should be aware that there are four main contributors to food spoilage: water, heat, light, and oxygen.
The most alarming part is that Wise Company products were manufactured in April of 2012 and already exhibit near-atmospheric levels of oxygen, which would not provide a 25-year shelf life.
It does make you wonder what past customers are going to do about their previous investment. My suggestion is to eat it – and replace it with better food. This will also demonstrate what I’ve been saying for years — don’t skimp, don’t think you’re going to “survive” on basics or highly repetitive meals and be satisfied. In an emergency, you’ll eat whatever you can, but food storage can be quite enjoyable — if you bought correctly. Food fatigue and highly repetitive meals will quickly make you regret your uninformed decision.
We don’t carry Wise Foods and never will. Early on we were approached (and then repeatedly approached) to do so. Investigation of their products, selection, prices, claims and marketing revealed a lot of inconsistencies and inaccuracies making us uncomfortable, so we opted not to carry this line.
As usual, buyer beware. You DO get what you pay for. Many dealers and even companies lay “claim” to a lot of different things, most of which we have found to be untrue, misleading and deceptive. Regarding shelf life claims, BE CAREFUL.