most of the meat in any dry food that has a decent meat content is going to come from the named meat meals. manufacturers arent going to use enough fresh meats to make the cooked product a significant part of the food....if they did, the bags would probably cost $200.
for example, turkey meal is defined as the ground clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet and entrails......then the meat products (dpending on what type of named meat meal it is) are ground up carefully dried to a moisture level of 10%.
that is what makes up any significant meat in the high end dog foods, and it leaves some questions as to the quality of the meat each manufacturer is really putting in their kibble.
different manufacturers are going to have different qualities of named meat meals.
i love orijen as a kibble and think it is one of the best as kibbles go.......but, in no way could i compare it to a dog eating fresh raw meats.
straight raw meat from the meatiest part of a chicken, turkey, etc...are not what is ending up in most dog foods. even orijen uses primarily named meat meals to get a decent quantity of meat in their kibbles, though they do claim that most of their named meat meals come from muscle meat.
it is still a named meat meal being used in a food like orijen, not dehydrated meat, which would likely be very expensive for the consumers.
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