Stor­age And Han­dling

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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.

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