At a Petsmart in California, pet food sits on store shelves baking in the afternoon sunlight through huge windows in the front of the store. How dangerous is sunlight damaged pet food? Very.
Sent by a concerned consumer, below are pictures taken outside of the Petsmart at 401 Kenilworth Dr. in Petaluma, CA. Pictures taken October 27, 2017.
Is sunlight day after day after day damaging to this pet food? Yes…it is.
Hill’s Science Diet website gives consumers the following advice: “How should I store my cat or dog’s dry food?
Bags of dry Science Diet®, Ideal Balance™, Healthy Advantage® and Prescription Diet® cat or dog food should be stored in a cool, dry environment under 100°F (38°C)? This is to prevent destruction of vitamins and oxidation of fats leading to rancidity. Pet foods will retain their best flavor if stored in the original bag, which provides a fat barrier. Storage at temperatures of 120°F (48°C) for more than 48 hours can accelerate the normal degradation or destruction of the vitamins.”
The PetMD website – which is owned by Petsmart – published “5 Dog Food Storage Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” which included this warning…
Why isn’t the Petsmart in Petaluma, CA heeding their own advice? Has not one Petsmart associate – who should be trained to know pet food should not be stored in sunlight – spoken up to managers? Have any pets gotten sick from this sun baked pet food?
Why hasn’t one regulatory authority in California noticed all of these pet foods baking in the sun in this Petsmart store?
My thanks to the pet owner that sent me these pictures. Thanks to your concern, hopefully Petsmart will destroy all of the pet foods in the front windows of this store and install some sun blocking shades in all stores. They should have known better…time will tell if they act better in the future.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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