You've done your research, found the best food for your pet, take it home and poor it into a plastic, metal or glass container and are totally satisfied with how easy you can scoop it. Unfortunately, even the best food you buy has its limit to freshness and can be affected by exposures to different things.
All food is exposed to air in one form or another, which also means that it is exposed to bacteria. So it is best to be kept in a air tight container. We often think an air tight container is all about keeping the food fresh however there is more to it than the eye can see.
Most people lean towards plastic containers but research has shown that some plastics contain BPA and BPS, as well as phthalates and that they have estrogenic components, which 90% of containers leach under stressors. Why is this bad you may ask? According to Dr. Karen Becker phthalates have been known to disrupt the endocrine system of wildlife, causing cancers and infertility of polar bears, deer and otters.
Now to the biggest problem with plastic containers, when the dog food hits the walls of the container, it will begin to oxidize. This is an unstoppable reaction that breaks down the important fats your dog needs. The oils and fats settle into the walls of the container, and since plastic has open pores, it gets trapped. Over time, these oils will develop invisible molds, which contaminate your dog food.
Add in humidity and high temperature and the whole process happens faster. Which is why you want to make sure to not keep the dog food in your garage or a place where temperatures can skyrocket. The danger with high temperatures and lighting is that it can aid in fat degradation, turning food rancid which in turn causes all kinds of health problems for dogs. That's not where this scary story ends...filling the same container over and over will just cause a build up of rancidity and mold. So after your dog has consumed its first bag of rancid food, they instantly get to enjoy another when you pour that new bag into that bad container.
Best Practices For Storing Food
So what to do! Don't pour the food directly into a container, keep it in the original bag. Premium dog food companies use better quality packaging that is effective at keeping out oxygen and moisture to prevent spoilage. After feeding your furry friend, squeeze as much air out of the bag and re-seal it, or fold the top over tightly and store in a air-tight container. Another good reason to keep it in the original bag is if you ever run into a problem with the food, your bag contains a barcode, batch code, and expiration date which are all crucial in case of a recall, or if you run into another issue with the food. Here at Pure Pet, we stand behind our foods and if you ever have any problems just bring it back in the original bag for a refund!
If you are looking for more info on storing dog food, check out the following link: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/blog/6-tips-storing-pet-foods/