Fresh Is Best Dog Food (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Fresh is Best freeze dried raw dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Fresh is Best product line includes three freeze dried raw recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Fresh is Best Beef Recipe [U]
  • Fresh is Best Turkey Recipe [U]
  • Fresh is Best Chicken Recipe [U]

Fresh is Best Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Fresh Is Best Chicken Formula

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken hearts, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, yams, apples, kale, collards, bone meal, dried kelp, vitamin E supplement, zinc amino acids chelate, manganese amino acids chelate, copper amino acids chelate, thiamin mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis42%23%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%26%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%48%15%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 48% | Carbs = 15%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient includes chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The next four items include a series of nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit

  • Yams
  • Apples
  • Kale
  • Collards

The next ingredient is bone meal. Although it’s considered a quality source of calcium, magnesium and essential trace minerals, even human-grade bone meal supplements can contain higher levels of mercury, lead and other metals.2

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With one notable exception

This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Fresh is Best Freeze Dried Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Fresh is Best looks like an above-average raw product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 47%, a fat level of 26% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 52% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a freeze dried raw product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Fresh is Best is a meat-based freeze dried raw dog food using a generous amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Fresh is Best Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

04/22/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Bone meal, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • Lara

    I have a 2 year old rescue pit bull that had chronic diarrhea since I adopted him. We did all the tests and could find nothing medically wrong with him. We went through 4 or 5 different foods before we discovered fresh is best. Within 48 hours of eating this food he had solid stool! We now feed a mix including the fresh frozen meat and have never looked back! Thank you Fresh is Best! We give you 5 stars!!

  • Salli

    If you are going to feed Kibble, why not get Wysong Epigen, and add a little ground raw lean turkey or chicken? Go for starch free whenever possible. My two cents!

  • Pat

    I am looking for advice on this food. I am now feeding my little poodle one meal a day of this. Took me awhile to get her up to the one meal. My concern is the bone meal. Anyway her second meal is still kibble with a little wet. Is there any moderate fat freezed dry dog food that would be better then this food? Welcome any advice

  • theBCnut

    No, it’s a powder, meant to be mixed into a smoothie or OJ or something.

  • Pat

    Thanks bc…is this stuff a liquid? Was wondering because you mentioned green tea.

  • theBCnut

    I buy online at Swanson’s or at my local health food store. If you buy a human mix of super greens, get one that does not have green tea in it.

  • Pat

    Where do you buy that?

  • theBCnut

    Chlorella, kelp, spirulina, alfalfa, wheat grass, barley grass. They are packed full of micronutrients which are not usually added back into food and processing destroys them.

  • Pat

    BC, what exactly is super greens?

  • Pat

    I didn’t see any mention of a vitamin e supplement in this food..doesnt dogs need that?

  • Pat

    ok I will try that

  • Look at the retailers page at their website and you can also buy straight from fresh is best.

    http://www.freshisbest.com/retailers/

  • Pat

    Where do you buy fresh is best frieze dry food?

  • Cyndi

    Not sure if they are like plastic sausage casings, but they are little plastic bags sealed with a metal clip. Probably same thing, but I don’t buy sausage, lol!

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Do the Hare Today grinds come packaged in those plastic sausage casings that are sealed with a little metal clip on each end?

  • Cyndi

    Thank you, you just gave me the “push” I need to look into MPC more and maybe finally place an order. I’m just so used to Hare’s stuff and how to order it’s just easier for me. Today I am going to go to MPC’s site and check it out. Thanks Bet…..I mean 4FF. 😉

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I really like MPC. I like scooping the thawed food out of the deli style containers. Plus, where I live, I’m on the home delivery route, so you can order all you want and pick it up at a designated pick up site for only $10. I have yet to be able to pick up an order though because of a standing commitment at my church on Saturdays at the same time as my local pick up.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. For those who have the time and are willing to DO the work, this seems like the better way, that is, from handing a patty made by a commercial raw place. In a way I feel like those commercial prepared “raw” meals are not that diff from kibble except that the meat is real and raw and not rendered (a HUGE difference). I am noticing now how high the fat is in many of the prepared meals… OR, according to an article I read in DOGS NATURALLY, they are a little high — higher than fat being HALF the amount of protein. But in that article she says they are using higher fat meats to save money and that raises the fat levels… whereas those peo who feed out right MEAT PIECES know what the cut of meat actually is. I am yapping too much. But honestly, when I have gone through these accountings of protein, fat, carbs I am surprised at the high carbs and high fats. hummmmm

  • Cyndi

    I keep meaning to order from My Pet Carnivore but I never have. I know there is plenty of people on here that do though. I’ve been very happy with Hare Today and I’m used to ordering with them, so, I’ve stuck with them. I have nothing again MPC at all. Someday I will get around to ordering from them.

  • theBCnut

    I use both regularly and love them!! I add a few things to them. As Cyndi says, they aren’t complete and balanced and that’s why they aren’t reviewed. Since I feed half kibble, I don’t worry about balancing them. Since their calcium/phosphorous ratio is good and I only feed it for half of my dogs food, that’s the most important consideration. I add super greens, antioxidants, and omega 3s.

  • theBCnut

    I haven’t tried this one. I use Vital Essentials for traveling.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you, dear Cyndi. I saw the 3 part video on HARE’S website, watched the man throw various animals out for his dog who chewed them right up. My hunch would be that if one chooses a couple of balanced meal programs like Darwin and Answers, and then a balanced dehydraded, then to rotate around including some goodies from HARE and MY PET C is a good way to go. Correct me if I am off base. (You like MY PET CORNIVORE also? Noticed there was nothing said about that. Should I read through the lines?)
    Thank you so much. IT’s a lot to take in but I’m doing it and looking forward to the success after the switch.

  • Cyndi

    Hi Nancy, not BC, but those companies are not reviewed because they don’t have complete and balanced food. What you buy from them, you technically have to add other stuff to it to make it balanced. They’re not a company like Bravo or Honest Kitchen where as their food is already complete.

    I use Hare Today all the time. I get a shipment from them about every month and a half and I love their food. Everything I’ve tried I’ve had no problems what so ever with. Tracy, the owner, is very helpful and timely when answering any questions you might have.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Shawna: Do you have any experience with HARE TODAY or MY PET CARNIVORE?
    I have seen posts on DFA where they are mentioned, so I went to those 2 websites last night. Both appear to have excellent products. I cannot figure out WHY they don’t appear at DFA (Perhaps I’m looking in the wrong place). If I knew the produce is safe for eating and properly prepared and could arrive at my house COLD, and if I knew the recall hx I would order some of their products. Thank you for whatever you can say.
    Nancy Jane Calloway

  • Nancy Calloway

    BC are you around? trying to find out about HARE TODAY and MY PET CARNIVORE. Why are they not reviewed? I have read through both sites and they look good — but ARE THEY REALLY? I’m not having any succss at DFA finding out information. Thank you for what you can say.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Follow up. They just called me back. Said the ATLANTA Distributor will be doing the NC accounts and not to worry. They are going strong, apparently. 🙂

  • Nancy Calloway

    My apologies. I thought I was on the OC RAW Thread. Duh. My apologies.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Weird: I just called a store listed on the OC Raw site to see if they have a lot in stock. They said they LOVE THE FOOD but that the distributor for NC is no longer carrying it. She was the owner of the pet boutique and was very upset bec she said it is her two dogs’ favorite food. so I called the company . At the main number there is a recording to the effect that the number is not in service. I called the “cell” number listed and got a female with a child in the background. She texted me later and asked what did I want. I said I wanted to ask about OC RAW FOOD. Never heard back. I got back on the site and sent an email. Got something back that said to the effect that my email would not go through.
    HAVE THEY SHUT DOWN?
    WHAT DOES THIS SOUND LiKE?
    I thought this was a GREAT food.

  • Nancy Calloway

    BC
    I am still looking for an easy dehydrated food for when we travel. Did you ever TRY this food, and if so, what’s your verdict? Thank you.

  • Dori

    Nancy. I agree completely with Shawna on Raw Advantage. It’s not anything I would feed any of my dogs but you have to remember that I feed grain free exclusively. As Shawna said, the grain free foods I don’t feel are balanced

  • Dori

    As far as teeth cleaning is concerned I am a firm believer that domesticated dogs as with humans, the best way to keep teeth clean is brushing. They each have their own tooth brush. I’ve always brushed all of my dogs teeth. It’s never been an issue. I start as soon as the come into my care and brush everyday. Doesn’t take long and they don’t mind it in the least.

  • Shawna

    I personally wouldn’t feed many, if any, of their products. I love that they are organic and grass finished but they include “gluten” grains (barley, rye and oats – which can be contaminated) in their foods. The ones without grains are not balanced and appear to be a bit high in bone (or no bone – the beef). This would be okay for an experienced feeder able to compensate with whole foods and supplements but I wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I forgot to mention that today I went to a pet boutique where they sell ANSWERS goat milk but not any of the food. They say it’s too expensive.
    The salesperson on Saturdays is a young woman who has 10 pets and feeds all of them RAW. 6 cats and 4 dogs. she has fed raw for over 10 years and knows a good bit. She told me about a company out west called RAW ADVANTAGE and said it’s great. I just went there. It appears to be all organic. Dori and Shawna: Take a look. I am confused. This looks like healthy food. ( I noticed the alfalfa in some of it though).

  • Dori

    Hi Nancy. I don’t feed anything poultry because of Katie’s allergies and intolerances to all things fowl.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Hi Shawna:
    Thank you. This helps. Two recalls makes me nervous because I am VERY NEW at this and might not know what to look for or how to catch an error IN TIME until I get the hang of it.
    Also I have noticed some of these protein / fat ratios and I am trying to find ones that have 2 to 1 or half the amount of fat than is the protein. Darwins is still making me feel good and I talked to Jacqualine at Answers Thursday. She has a GSD too and she helped me re MY GSD. Very knowledgeable. (Hers is 1 and is not yet vaccinated – I am jealous). I have found a store that carries Answers and I GUESS I need to be sure Axel gets enough exercise for Answers’ food due to the fat. However, if he loses weight in the beginning I might be GLAD to have the extra fat. I can also get Vital Essentials Freeze Dried from Chewy.com but no fresh raw in NC.
    So — I am also trying to identify a really good mix to give the dog so that I MYSELF can add chicken with bones or a duck neck, chicken necks, things like that for Axel to actually CHEW UP to maintain dental health. Commercial ground up meat/veggie patties are not going to supply dental health, right? . I am going to HAVE to make sure he chew up meat with bones (like a half a small chicken) each week at least for his teeth.

    I’m feeling way overwhelmed right now. Maybe trying too hard.

    One thing is that I need to start out with ONE food, right? And that is probably Darwins chicken unless someone tells me this is a bad idea. Geeze. Darwin’s breakfast and dinner with the kibble for 10 -14 days until he’s fully ON IT with no issues… I’m thinking I will have to start with 1/8 cup raw at first due to his past diarrhea record. And very very slowly transition. Yikes.

  • Shawna

    Hi Nancy,

    Only have a sec to be on so sorry if I miss something..

    I appreciate Dori’s reluctance to use Bravo but I don’t share that reluctance. My dogs had Bravo rabbit with a friends “homemade helper” premix for breakfast and dinner today. Bravo is a food I use OFTEN and will continue to.

    Primal definitely IS a good food but it has its issues to. ALL of the poultry products in the Primal line are subjected to high pressure pasteurization. This isn’t a deal breaker for everyone though…. Several of the others in the line, like the lamb and beef, are WAY to high in fat for an average energy house dog (very active breeds excluded).

    I believe Aunt Jeni’s is a really good food too but from memory they aren’t “complete and balanced”. So I looked at their website. The turkey doesn’t have enough calcium and phosphorus to meet AAFCO requirements and the rabbit doesn’t have enough phosphorus for AAFCO growth requirements (does meet adult requirements though). The chicken product is high in fat and the lamb product is CRAZY high in fat.

    I really like Answers and their VP, Jacqueline, is one sharp lady and knows nutrition.. But, the foods are a bit high in fat for my couch potatoes. I do use the pork product in my rotation and I LOVE the goat milk and fish stock products. I also LOVE that they include kombucha tea in the product. This will help with digestion and helps protect against microbial contamination. Similar to the apple cider vinegar used in the Darwins foods.

    Bottom line — ANY of the above foods are a GREAT addition to a good rational diet. Just don’t get in a rut of feeding too much from one line that has high fat or HPP or too little calcium etc.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I meant OTHER than THK base.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Thank you. Seems like someone mentioned a couple of very good base mixes and now I cannot remember. Do you use any prepared ones? It seems to me that in feeding raw it is important to offer SOME boney matter like chicken necks, backs, a half a chicken even (for my GSD) for teeth cleaning, right? If he does not get bones then the teeth do’t get cleaned.

  • Nancy Calloway

    NOPE
    Didn’t take long. Did not get a good feeling about K9 Kraving. Some like it but I’m sticking with ANSWERS, DARWINS, Primal for now. WOn’t even be trying to transition til Late September. No hurry. Think I’ll peep in on Aunt Jeni’s too. Just for fun.

  • Nancy Calloway

    WOW. Thank you. OFF MY LIST.
    I agree. There are enough that have managed to stay “clean” for us not to have to go to a double dipper for recalls. I just returned from our local pet boutique. They carry PRIMAL and K-9 Kraving which I am about to study here at DFA. Primal is good – expensive but good. The girl at this boutique said her all time fave is AUNT JENNIE’S (sp?) but she says they are over the top expense-wise but great. Says they have great tripe. Her mother feeds her own dog w Aunt Jennie’s and the girl said “there is nothing to complain about with that food” — she has 6 cats and 4 dogs all raw fed! And horses!
    Off to K-9 Kraving.

  • Dori

    Nancy. THK makes 2 or 3 base mixes. You can certainly purchase them and just add your own protein. A lot of people do it that way because it can be cheaper that way. You can always look for sales and deals on whichever protein you want and using the base you can just switch out the protein whenever you want. Just remember that it is still good to rotate the base mix also because other wise your dog will only ever be getting the same other ingredients. Which is another reason to use base mixes from other companies also. Even if the different companies use the same list of ingredients (more or less) they will not be the same and that’s what’s needed to keep the gut healthy. The more variety in mixes and proteins (so long as your dog has no intolerances to ingredients or proteins) the better health for the gut and that’s what your going for.

  • Dori

    Bravo has had two recalls lately. One in 2013 and one May 2014. That’s two too many for me and my girls. I know everyone doesn’t feel the way I do, but a company that has recalls is not for me. Yes, THK did have a recall back in 2013 but it was because they found that the distributor that they were sourcing their parsley from was having a possible problem with the parsley so they actually called their customers, my pet store called me also, THK immediately changed where they sourced the parsley and never used them again. No animal eating the food was ever sick. A company that is that proactive is ok by me. Bravo is not ok for me and my dogs.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Interesting if someone dressed it up like a stew with a few yummy human flavorings….

  • Nancy Calloway

    Figured it out: HPP. ??
    I want to stay away from HPP. I do not see where Bravo announces it though.
    Q: What’s the problem in using THK BASE MIX and buying organic meat at Costco (they have whole org chickens and wings), or Whole Foods (their whole chickens are about the same price as Costco) plus W Foods has wings and thighs with bone in. Also organic chicken livers. Have you any experience doing that?

  • Nancy Calloway

    Hi Again Dori: I noticed that Bravo! is not on your list of foods you feed. Can you share Why? I’m going back to the DFA Site for it to see what others say.
    Thank you.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Good. I am up and back at the puter. Cannot find that calculation that one of the old timers gave to a poster about figuring out dry matter basis on your own…. so I am going BACK THROUGH the five stars I went through only yesterday. I noticed there seem to be more postings on DARWIN than anything. Interesting. I’ll be interested to know what you think about this food!

  • Dori

    Nancy I just found a store about 15 minutes from me that say they carry the brand. I’ll call them in they am. If they have it in stock I’m going to take a ride over and pick up a bag and see how the girls do on it. I’m always in search of what appear to be quality raws to add to our arsenal of raws. Thx for the tip on OC.

  • Nancy Calloway

    Dori- I may have mentnioned that I am studying the 5 star raw foods that are available for purchase in my area (NC). I just read about OC Raw and have visited their site. Do you have ANY experience with this food? Some who like it have spoken up. I have read the review and the postings here but there are not a lot of them. IT is available in this area. It’s not GMO Free or Organic. But there are some positives about it.

  • losul

    lol. I think the beef would be better though, no bone bits in it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Ask Losul if he thinks Darwin’s is good enough for us to eat. He tried it! : )

  • Dori

    THK that I feed (I’ll re-order when they remove the alfalfa at end of month) is the Zeal. Their other formulas contain ingredients that Katie can’t tolerate.

    Commercial Raw’s in my rotation are:

    Answer’s Detailed (any store that carries Answer’s raw goat milk can order the Answer’s Detailed Raw dog food.

    Darwin’s Natural

    Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw

    Primal Formulas (Primal Pronto and Primal Formulas are the only ones of Primal that are complete and balanced)

    Stella & Chewy’s Raw

    Vital Essentials Raw

  • Nancy Calloway

    oh this is GREAT. Darwins is the TOP raw food on my list. Seems like I am reading something “wrong” with most of them.
    Have been studying THK website and remembering that you are one who sticks beside them still. Thinking about the ZEAL for my Golden Retriever. She’s 10 1/2 and has no issues. Her teeth are bad and I have thought if I give her some chicken wings and turkey necks they MIGHT clean them and improve them. Any other advice re THK foods? She can eat about anything but lentils and chick peas.
    Open to suggestions for other raw foods to rotate w Darwins. Gee Darwins looks good enough for us!
    Thank you !

  • Dori

    Sorry Betsy. I responded before reading your reply to Nancy C.
    Hope all is well with you and yours.

  • Dori

    James is at Darwin’s. Call and ask for him. Really very nice guy and will answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable about feeding not only raw, but Darwin’s.

  • Betsy Greer

    James is James Pendergast from Darwin’s.

  • Nancy Calloway

    My apologies: I am reading and studying all the Raw Options. WHO IS JAMES? What company?
    Thank you. I need to not feel so LOST.

  • liz

    I am feeding my poodle stella and chewy’s lamb & chicken freeze dried food so far his favorite meat are lamb and chicken, he tried other meat venison, pheasant, duck, beef, surf and turf, he did not liked it, also he likes Fresh is Best freeze dried food Turkey & Turkey heart freeze dried treat the best so far~ I figure it out that my poodle likes single protein meat not with too much veggies and fruits that is mixed in the food, he likes certain meat not all meat type! I would say he is my picky boy who likes to eat just chicken, lamb, turkey, my boy can tell how meat taste~ organic meat and non organic meat, and organic veggies and fruits and non organic veggies and fruits ~ he knows too well!!, most of meat he likes regular meat not organic meat!!
    He loves fresh is best freeze dried turkey heart much much more! I want to try the chicken heart next time!

  • JenR

    Would your review of Fresh is Best’s frozen raw food be the same? I imagine the ingredients are similar, but I was wondering if you were planning to write a review for that version of their product line?

  • Aunt Gypsy

    Are there any good dog foods formulated specifically for underweight diabetic dogs?? I’m been doing countless hours of research to find a diet that’s not low-cal/low-fat, but won’t mess with his glucose either, as my diabetic Lab (usually 100lbs, now 88lbs) needs to GAIN weight, not lose it. And he’s become a terribly picky eater, so far he likes the beef & chicken logs (slice & serve type foods) the best, but he’s turned his nose up to just about every type of food I’ve presented after several meals, including shredded chicken/rice/egg, peanut butter (was desperately looking for a healthy fat to supplement his meal with), and now even the Royal Canin Adult 8+ appetite stimulant (when I’m desperate to get him to eat before his insulin). I’m praying he sticks w/the Vital raw foods for a while, but it would sure be nice if they tailored a dog food specifically for increasing weight to a healthy limit.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Dr. Harvey’s new line of dehydrated foods – “Oracle” – has been reviewed: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/oracle-dog-food/ . The pre-mixes won’t be reviewed, Dr. Mike doesn’t review pre-mixes because of their customizable nature.

  • Salli

    Why isnt Dr. Harvey’s ever listed on your site?

  • Hi James,

    That’s awesome!

    A while back, I gave my integrative vet a package of duck necks and one of each protein that I had on hand… both she and her dog were very pleased with your products. : )

    I saw her again recently and let her know about the veterinary meals you had mentioned you were formulating and she was very interested. I passed along your contact information and am hoping she connects with you.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That sounds yummy!!

  • james P

    Hi Patty,
    Well I was going to introduce Rabbit, However looking at supply & demand (read costs) I think I’ll work on fish next. Perhaps early summer. (sardine, alaska cod/pollock)
    James

  • Pattyvaughn

    Very nice!! When do we get a new dog food protein?

  • james P

    It might be awhile….many hoops to jump thru. I did finally formulate our New Veterinary Kidney Diet. I’m making the announcement at this years IVAS meeting in new Orleans. We will have 4 altogether new prescription formulas.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hi James,
    I guess I won’t be spilling any beans if I said I was talking about Darwin’s. I think my cats would love a mouse food.

  • james P

    That’s funny- I remember that conversation. I still want to make a mouse cat food too.

  • Pattyvaughn

    To be USDA Certified there are certain things you can’t bring in the door. When we had a calf processed for human consumption, they couldn’t let me have the green tripe and other things that human’s don’t eat or they could lose their certification. Places that are certified and have things like green tripe have to have it processed elsewhere.
    A few months back a raw food manufacturer was explaining this to me by way of explaining how they would love to be able to do a mouse cat food, but at present time they can’t because of the regulations. You can’t go and bring mice into your kitchen, even dead ones.

  • Something to do with USDA or FDA. It’s not human grade so they can’t do it anymore.

  • why can’t they make freeze dried tripe any more?

  • Judy

    or is it raw? sorry- still learning….

  • Judy

    where do we get it? is this as good as feeding better raw?

  • I’ve ordered their freeze dried treats before too. Still using up the freeze dried tripe. They can’t make it anymore in their plant but I got to order some packs when they still had it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    This stuff looks yummy.