A few words about the importance...
We can't emphasise enough the importance of good hygiene around food. This is true whether we are talking about our own food or our pets' food, and whether we are talking about kibble, canned, pouches, raw, freeze dried, cold pressed or any other method of manufacturing food for the animals who share our lives.
There is a common misconception that feeding a highly processed food is safe and hygienic. You only have to look at a few references in the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society's Position Statement to realise that this is far from the truth. Many of our veterinary colleagues react with horror to the idea of raw feeding, without giving thought to the very real and all too frequent risks arising from feeding processed food.
Food Hygiene Best Practice...
Good hygiene practises should be followed for ALL food preparation.
We list them here for clarity.
Wash your hands after handling the food.
Wash utensils used to serve the food after every meal.
WASH AFTER MEALS
Wash the bowl, plate, slow feeder, board, lickimat, feeding toy after every use.
Wipe down the surfaces with hot soapy water after preparing each meal or filling toys.
WASH CLEANING TOOLS
Wash the cloths used frequently.
SAFE FOOD STORAGE
Don’t store any foods or treats for your animal companions next to human foods which may be eaten without being washed or cooked.