Safe to eat? - unrefrigerated vegan sausages (wheat gluten)

by Vielbein   Last Updated May 09, 2019 07:17 AM

Yesterday I bought some vegan sausages, mostly made of vital wheat gluten (seitan), but forgot to refrigerate them. They are unopened and have been sitting at a mean temperature of ~70F for ~20 hours (in a dark place). They were originally refrigerated at the store.

Product: Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausages
Packaging: Vacuum sealed plastic
Instructions: Ready to eat/Keep refrigerated
Ingredients: Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, non-sulphured dried apples, Yukon Gold potatoes, naturally flavoured yeast extract, granulated sugar, vegetable protein, onion powder, barley, malt, garlic, natural hickory smoke flavour with torula yeast, spices, sea salt, rubbed sage.
Vitamins/Minerals: Potassium chloride, l-lysine monohydrochloride, niacinamide, reduced iron, zinc oxide, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride and cyanocobalamin,

By my calculations they are:

  • 0.6% Sodium by weight => 1.5% Sodium Chloride (if all Sodium is from salt).
  • 3.3% Sugar by weight.


  • They look/smell exactly how they usually do.
  • The packaging had no gas build up inside it whatsoever.

Are they safe to eat? I would of course ensure to cook them fully before consumption.

I understand that these "safe to eat" posts are frowned upon on here, however I have spent over an hour scouring the internet and have found no information either way. All of the ingredients are ones that I would happily store in the pantry unrefrigerated, but I don't know if they are safe once processed together. It's frustrating how little scientific information there is available to me to actually understand whether things are safe or not.

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