Storing Pet Food: What is safe and what can be harmful
Did you know storing your pet food in metal bins or generic plastic tubs can be harmful to your pet? Here is what you should be looking for in a pet food storage container:
- Food grade & BPA free plastic container
- Airtight seal to keep your pet’s food fresh
Not all plastic is created equal! Check out our previous blog post to find out more about all the different types of plastic.
It is important to know that you should be storing your pet’s food in containers that are made of BPA-Free, food grade plastic, like a Vittles Vault! Storing the kibble in a plastic container that is not BPA Free or not made from food grade plastic can contaminate your pet’s food.
What is BPA Free Plastic?
According to the Mayo Clinic, BPA stands for bisphenol A. It is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic is used to make certain food storage containers and water bottles.
Research has shown that BPA can seep into the contents of what is being stored inside the container that is made of plastic containing BPA. Exposure to BPA can cause multiple side effects, such as effects on the brain, change in mood/behavior and has also been linked to increased blood pressure.
What is Food Grade Plastic?
Food grade plastic is free of dyes and chemicals used through the molding process and for coloring. Storing pet or people food in a container that is not made of food grade plastic can affect the contents of the container in a negative way. The chemicals can seep into the food, making it unsafe for consumption.
All of our products are made from food grade plastic. They are safe to store pet food and people food!
Can I Store My Pet's Food in a Metal Trashcan?
Aside from plastic containers, another popular food storage solution we have seen is storing food in metal trashcans. These trashcans are typically made from galvanized steel. When steel has been galvanized, that means there is a protective zinc coating on the steel or iron, which is used to prevent rusting.
It is not recommended to store food in a galvanized metal trashcan, simply because that is not what it is meant for. It is also more than likely not airtight, which doesn’t help keep your pets food fresh.
Metal trash cans or bins can be toxic to your pet and can cause heavy metal intoxication. According to Veterinarian, Murl Bailey, dogs are more likely to become intoxicated than cats. The most common zinc poisoning comes from pets ingesting pennies, but it can come from galvanized metal objects as well.
Why Storing Pet Food In a Vittles Vault Is The Best Solution
Storing your pets food in a Vittles Vault is the best choice for you and your pet! Our airtight seal will keep your pets food fresh, and our food-grade, BPA-Free plastic will keep your pets food safe from harmful chemicals. Because our containers keep food fresh, it allows you to buy bigger bags of food and save money!
We'd love to hear what you currently use to store your pets food!
Let us know in the comments below.