The Goldenfeast gourmet line of exotic foods for exotic birds are shipped in oxygen purged, barrier proof packaging. Once the barrier seal is broken, the product requires refrigeration or freezing. The same protective Goldenfeast packaging can be used.
The refrigeration ensures product stability. Shelf life is good for up to 1 year in a sealed container. Longer storage than this diminishes the natural, nutritional value of the food, & can result in product staleness or freezer burn. Once moistened, Goldenfeast formulas may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days in smaller, sealed containers or frozen for future feeding. Goldenfeast does not add any artificial vitamins, preservatives or colors.
First and foremost, once a Goldenfeast bulk bag is broken down and repackaged, Goldenfeast cannot assume any responsibility for the contents. The principal reasons include the lack of a date code on the repackaged product, plus the possibility of product contamination. Additionally, the contents are no longer in an oxygen purged environment and the product will likely be placed in a standard non-barrier film bag.
Most all foods contain microscopic insect eggs. These foods include the corn and wheat flour stored in a kitchen cabinet, to most grains, nuts, dried vegetables & some fruits. The insects are principally comprised of Indian meal moths, their larvae, plus weevils and beetles. These tiny creatures cannot survive in refrigeration, or more importantly, inside Goldenfeast packaging because there is no oxygen. However, in any food product that has been opened and not refrigerated, insects can and will become an issue within several weeks after the package is opened.
Regarding refrigeration, though Goldenfeast products are not as prone to getting buggy nearly as much as other parrot foods, it is recommended the product be refrigerated in the packaging it comes in to ensure nutritional freshness. It is not necessary to freeze the product.