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Anyone use a plastic barrel or container to keep dog food in? I'm now buying food 3 bags at a time / 40 lbs a bag and was looking for a better way to keep them then just sitting around in bags. I heard somewhere that regular plastic and or metal containers (like garbage cans) can leak toxins into the food and that special containers are needed. Not sure it that's true but was looking for something plastic that can keep 100 to 120 lbs of food secure and fresh. A quick google search had plenty of containers but nothing big enough to suit my needs.

Thanks, Danny
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I'd spend more time worrying about the metallurgy of the kiln at the factory potentially emiting poisons which could cause cancer over time. Heavy metal poisoning is becoming more common and we must now turn to herbal remedies which offer chelating properties.
I would be concerned about lining with a plastic bag. I assume you are talking about trash bags...many if not all trash bags are coated with various things like pesticides to reduce problems with bugs in your trash. I don't want that on my dog's food. Also, as plastic trash bags are not made to hold food there is no telling what might be present to contaminate food.


The majority of plastic garbage bags are blown film made from LLDPE in Texas at PolyFlex. They have contracts with Costco, Walmart and some big box stores with the Husky brand. LLDPE resins used at PolyFlex are the same ones which are made into thicker materials to line your drinking water tanks and reservoirs. They do not have a "pesticide" application division which puts toxic coatings on plastic blown film goods.

LLDPE and cousin HDPE are food grade materials with an NSF(National Sanitation Foundation) standard goods.

Bulk food goods are stored and often made in HDPE containers. Pickles, wine and other acidic foods can be stored long term in HDPE containers without an risk of contamination. For this reason, I'd be more worried about a million other things in the food chain. Food containers are much more high tech than people realize. Multi-layered materials and food grade coatings which do not promote food contamination are used. Your bag of Ruffles for example is a multi-layered film even though, it appears to be just one thickness. Dog food bags obviously have multi-layer coatings from the base bag, to the coloring and the final layer of material for water/airtightness.
Well it appears that you know a lot more about plastic bags than I do, but it is counter intuitive to think that something that is NOT made to store edible food would be held to the same standards in production as for instance a zip lock bag that IS made to store food....and I don't know how I'm supposed to know which garbage bags have pesticides and which ones don't. What about those that now have a fragrance...where does that fragrance come from and is that substance food grade? It just seems like we have enough trouble with products that are SUPPOSED to be safe to eat or contain food and beverages not being safe that it is difficult to just assume that things that are not specifically manufactured/marketed/sold to be food safe actually would be...BPA water bottles anyone?
I don't know anyone who takes food from a food bag and stores it in a garbage bag in the first place? Maybe for a quick road trip? I wouldn't call that, "storage". Although, I'd feel better about storing food in a blown film bag than a bag with any paper content and a thin waterproof coating because it would be more likely to allow oxygen into the product which begins the oxidization process = spoiling. For this reason we're seeing a lot of bags like the TOTW. Solid blown film and welded edges for airtightness.
What statement is on a box of zip lock bags that tells you it is safe for food storage? I'm out of them at the moment. I do have a Cling Wrap box. There is not a single statement on the box of Cling Wrap that says, "this product is safe to use around food".
My lady friend shows dogs professionally and travels a bit. She has fabric bags that have a lid just little the vault things. They are really handy. The bag gets smaller everytime you feed. On a trip they are handy.
Yes, with powdered milk. Also, I do with rice, pasta, flour, sugar, nuts, dried fruit among other things.
Yeah, I wonder how many times in 40 years Grandma dumped out the flour container which sat on the counter and washed it for fear of getting sick or stale/rancid flour.....
Mine did it every time it was empty.
Scrubbed it and set it bottom side up on the wood stove so it was good and dry.
Didn't yours do the same?
not that I ever remember seeing? Probably the reason the Gilmore's were all over 6'-2"....added protein from the wheat weevil's...
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