Posted by admin | Posted in Cats, Chuck & Don's, Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet, Dogs, Health Care, Pets, Safety | Posted on 09-04-2013
Food recalls seem to have become a common item in the news these days – not just human food, but pet food too. Pet food products, like other types of foods, can be susceptible to harmful bacterial contamination so it is important to know the proper steps when handling pet foods and treats.
There are simple precautions you can take to reduce the likelihood of infection from contaminated pet foods and treats. Use these tips from the FDA to help protect your family and pets from foodborne illness:
• Purchase products in good condition, without signs of damage to the packaging such as dents or tears.
• Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before and after handling pet foods and treats.
• Wash pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use.
• Do not use the pet’s feeding bowl as a scooping utensil—use a clean, dedicated scoop or spoon.
• Dispose of old or spoiled pet food products in a safe manner, such as in a securely tied plastic bag in a covered trash receptacle.
• Refrigerate promptly or discard any unused, leftover wet pet food. Refrigerators should be set at 40º F.
• Dry products should be stored in a cool, dry place—under 80º F.
• If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid, keeping the top of the bag folded closed.
• Keep pets away from food storage and preparation areas.
• Keep pets away from garbage and household trash.
By paying attention to pet food recalls and food safety, you will increase the likelihood of keeping you and your four-legged friends healthy and safe from harmful bacteria.
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