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Molly Carl
Username: Gageten

Post Number: 12
Registered: 11-2001
Posted on Sunday, Feb 6, 2005 - 9:18 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Dear Dr. O,

I am trying to make a new horse treat that involves stuffing small,uncooked pasta shells with pureed dried fruit. My horse LOVES them, but I did notice that almost all human grade dried fruits are preserved with sulfur dioxide. If it is safe for human consumption, would it also be safe for horses? Also, how long can dried, pureed fruit remain safe to eat if not refrigerated? I know that raisins seem to keep very well out of the refrigerator; I am assuming due to the high sugar content? Thanks! Molly
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 12000
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Feb 7, 2005 - 7:03 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I do not know any reason the sulfur dioxide would not be safe in small quanities. The length of time a food stuff would be safe will probably vary so you should check the instructions on the label or with the company itself. The reason raisins (prunes and other dried fruit) perserve well is largely do to the very low moisture content but a high sugar content does discourage bacteria also.
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