From Pet Age Magazine
Recent recall of pet foods that had the potential for salmonella contamination brings to mind the safety that we should all take when handling our pets food. Listed below are tips from the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta):
Purchase products with no visible signs of damage to the packaging, such as dents, tears or discolorations.
If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid. Keep the top of the bag folded or closed.
Store dry pet food and pet treats in a cool, dry place under 80 F.
Promptly refrigerate or discard unused, leftover wet pet food and containers. The fridge should be set at 40 F.
Do not handle or store pet food in areas where human food is prepared.
Feed pets in areas other than the kitchen.
Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon or cup to scoop pet food. Do not use the pet bowl.
Wash pet food bowls, dishes and scooping utensils with soap and hot water regularly. Avoid washing these items in the kitchen sink or bathtubs to prevent cross-contamination. If there is no alternative, sanitize the sink area after these items have been cleaned and removed.
Do not allow children younger than 5 to touch or eat pet food, treats or supplements. Keep children away from pet feeding areas.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with water and soap right after handling pet food and treats, after contact with animals or their environments-and especially before preparing, serving or eating food or drinks or preparing baby bottles.
Clean up after you pet. Scoop the litter box and clean up dog waste in the yard daily.