Safety Tips for Handling Dog Food

Take proper safety steps when preparing breakfast or dinner for your dog.

Posted: August 25, 2007, 5 a.m. EDT

After a Salmonella scare earlier this month in Pennsylvania, the state’s health secretary, Calvin B. Johnson, MD, reminded all dog owners that it is important to be safe when fixing meals for their dogs. This is to benefit Max as well as your human family members.

To properly and cleanly handle pet food, Johnson offered these 10 steps:

  1. Before you purchase any dog food, check the cans or bags for visible signs of damage to the packaging, including dents, tears or discolorations. If found, do not purchase.
  2. If possible, feed your dog in an area other than the kitchen.
  3. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap before and after handling dog food and treats.
  4. Wash dog food bowls, dishes and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use. If using the kitchen sink area to clean them, adequately sanitized this area after items have been cleaned and removed.
  5. Do not use your dog's feeding bowl as a scooping utensil; use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon or cup instead.
  6. 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.
  7. Dog food should not be handled or stored in areas where food for humans is prepared.
  8. Promptly refrigerate or discard unused, leftover wet pet food from cans, pouches, etc.
  9. Dry pet food and pet treats should be stored in a cool, dry place at less than 80 degrees F.
  10. 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.

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megan   frazeysburg, OH

8/25/2007 7:32:44 AM

thanks for the tips

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