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OC Raw’s Frozen Raw Dog Food is considered a low risk dog food, with an average 9.5 for the line. No points are deducted for light processing or ingredient quality. The foods are low in carbohydrate, averaging less than 4% on a dry matter basis (meaning with the moisture removed, for comparison with dry foods) Protein averages 52%.
OC Raw’s manufacturing is done in their family owned commercial kitchen.
OC Raw’s Frozen Raw line has 9 recipes with different single animal proteins. These are 90% raw meat-based formulas (including bone and organ meats) with 10% produce. The foods all have a lower percentage of fat than protein, which is desirable in a raw food. While meats are described as free-range, there’s no information provided about how the animals are fed. Produce is not specified as organic.Some of the recipes lose points for containing ingredients such as apples, beets or spinach that are known to be high in pesticide or herbicide residues.These chemicals pose a significant health risk to plants, animals and soils. Foods reported as high residue foods are penalized if they’re not organic.
While the company states their produce is GMO-free, it’s not certified, and some recipes lost points due to an ingredient like alfalfa powder. Alfalfa is known to be genetically modified unless organic. There are limited safety studies on GMO foods and they’re less nutritious than non GMO.
There are no added vitamins or minerals, which suggests indicates higher quality ingredients with nutrients that come from whole foods, without the need for fortification.
The company doesn’t say whether fish is wild-caught or farmed. Tilapia is one ingredient that is almost always farmed, for example. Wild caught fish is more nutritious and has a better fatty acid balance than farmed fish.
The food does not provide the omega-6:omega-3 ratio, which is a concern since AAFCO allows a very inflammatory ratio of 30:1.