Storage And Handling
How important is proper storage for pet food? Where is it best to store dry food, and how should unconsumed canned food be stored?
The longevity, quality and freshness of pet food can be determined by the pet owner’s storage practices. It is a good idea to handle pet foods and treats similar to handling any human food product – the storage cabinets should be clean and free of pests. Once pet food packages are opened, these should be kept sealed in lidded containers such as cans, bottles, bins, or resealable bags to avoid exposure or contamination.
Dry foods such as kibble and treats should be re-sealed properly, as exposure may cause them to lose flavor and texture. Pet owners will have a hard time getting pets to eat stale food. These should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Canned pet food, and other similar “wet” products, should also be sealed properly and stored in the refrigerator, especially when only a part of it is consumed.