Ollie: Gently Cooked Dog Food

Ollie Dog Food offers six different gently cooked diets for dogs, all recipes are grain-free and are single protein recipes (chicken, beef, lamb, and turkey). Recipes have been formulated to be complete and balanced for both adult dogs and puppies – including giant breed puppies. The composition of the recipes by Ollie are highly variable with recipes ranging from moderate to high protein, moderate to high fat, and low to high carbohydrate (24-35% protein, 26-53% fat, 16-39% carbohydrates on a caloric basis).

OVERVIEW:

Company Responded to Questions Asked via Email: Yes, the company was contacted and the following answers we received on June 23rd 2021.

Who exactly formulated your diets? Did you work with a particular consulting group, or a particular individual to formulate your recipes – if so could you provide the name of the person/group that did.

Our recipes are AAFCO-compliant and were developed with a food technician and a board certified Vet nutritionist.The vet, Beth Hamper, DVM, PhD, DACVN completed her undergraduate degrees in nursing, animal science and music at the University of Minnesota and her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hamper completed a small animal medicine internship at Veterinary Specialty Center in Indianapolis in 2005-2006. From there, she traveled to the University of Tennessee to complete a combined small animal nutrition residency and PhD program in comparative medicine (nutrition and immunology). Dr. Hamper became board-certified in veterinary nutrition in 2011.

Do you have anyone on staff with an animal nutrition, food science, animal science, or veterinary background? If so, what is their education level and experience in the field?

Our team contains a number of experts in the food industry, both in pet and human food. Our Head of Food has a Master’s Degree in Food Science and 15 years of experience in pet food. Overall, our Food team has more than 50 total years of experience in keeping food safe and delicious, with credentials in Food Science, Culinary Nutrition, Baking, and Agriculture. Together, the Food team is responsible for sourcing of quality ingredients, design of nutritionally complete meals, and maintaining quality and food safety within our facilities. They are also responsible for the claims we make around our food, our partnerships with vet nutritionists, and the education of our consumers on all things pet health related.

Where do you source your ingredients from? What do you require from suppliers as far as paperwork so ensure ingredient consistency?

Ollie works with some of the best partners in the industry who can meet our high quality standards. We only source human-grade ingredients, never the inedible ingredients and food by-products that are destined for other feed-grade pet foods. We believe that feeding real, natural, whole foods is a pathway to health and happiness for our pets. Our ingredients are all sourced and produced in compliance with FDA requirements for human food. 

What testing do you do on ingredients coming into the facility? In particular do you test for: pathogens (salmonella, listeria, e.coli, campylobacter), mycotoxins, and heavy metals? If you do not do testing yourselves what type of certificates of analysis or third-party testing do you require on ingredients coming into the facility?

Our ingredients are sourced against Ollie ingredient specifications that include our standards for microbiological markers, toxins, and heavy metals based on guidance and recommendation from FDA, USDA, and AAFCO. We perform annual risk assessments for each ingredient that we use to determine what analytes our suppliers need to test for and include on a COA. The majority of the testing is performed upstream by the vendors we source from and required to be reported via COA. We are always evaluating and reevaluating our supply chain to look for new emerging risks that we need to address to keep our pups safe. 

Where do you source your vitamin/mineral supplements? Do you require a certificate of analysis from suppliers of vitamin supplements?

Our vitamin and mineral supplements are sourced from approved vendors. Every vitamin/mineral supplement requires a COA to guarantee the levels they contain. 

Where are your foods manufactured? Do you own your own manufacturing facilities? How is the equipment cleaned between batches? If you use a co-packing facility or a facility that also manufactures other food items how do they prevent cross-contamination between batches?

Our kitchen is a Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified facility in New Jersey. The kitchen is a third-party facility certified against strict food safety and quality requirements to ensure food is handled, processed, and stored under sanitary conditions. Ollie’s Food Safety & Quality Assurance team reviews production documentation and batch records to ensure each lot of product is made according to Ollie’s specifications. Our kitchen performs sanitation in accordance with USDA standards between recipes and before each production shift to prevent cross-contamination. The Quality Assurance staff on-site performs visual inspections and surface swabs to ensure equipment has been properly cleaned and sanitized prior to start-up.

What post-manufacturing testing is performed on products? Do you test for: pathogens, mycotoxins, metal fragments, guaranteed analysis, thyroid hormone, the full nutrient profile of amino acids, and essential fatty acids? Do your products undergo a “test and hold” procedure where the food is held for several days to wait for all quality control testing to come back prior to shipping it out to the customer?

We design in quality from the start by verifying our designs meet the dog nutrient profiles for all life stages set by AAFCO and set the guaranteed analysis based on those results. Our raw materials are tested upstream for a variety of risks specific to each ingredient (including mycotoxins, hormones, or heavy metals) to prevent issues from coming into the product stream. We check production steps where critical quality issues can arise – ensuring the proper blend of ingredients or verifying cook and cool temperatures, for example. After production, we check the food for metal fragments, pathogens, and spoilage bacteria using a “positive release” process for every batch – all food goes on hold until the batch is cleared. 

Is the food you produce considered “human edible” by AAFCO standards or “human grade”?

Our food is considered human-grade.

Have your products undergone AAFCO feeding trials? If not, do you have plans to do so?

Once the products are determined to be nutritionally complete, feeding studies are done at 3rd party pet food feeding facilities to ensure that foods are delicious and easy to digest. Tests may range from 1 to 4 days, with 10 to 40 dogs consuming the food, depending on what is being evaluated.

The AAFCO feeding studies you mention involve medical testing of the pets in question, which is something we do not do. In order to assure we meet AAFCO requirements, our products are formulated with the partnership of vet nutritionists to meet the nutritional requirements for all life stages, per the AAFCO-recognized nutrient profile for dogs. These values are calculated upon formulation and verified using the appropriate chemistry methods in an accredited 3rd party laboratory.

Have you done digestibility trials on your diets? If so,  what are the Dry-Matter, protein, fat, carbohydrate ad percent calorie digestibility for each of your diets?

Our digestibility % ranges from high 80s to low 90s.

Has your company ever had a recall? If so, what have you done to prevent this from ever happening again? No

RECIPES:

Beef Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Beef, peas, sweet potato, potato, carrot, beef kidney, beef liver, spinach, blueberries, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, iodized salt, fish oil, zinc gluconate, rosemary, vitamin E supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2), potassium iodide

AAFCO Statement: Beef Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size Dogs (>70 pounds or more as an adult).

Balanced for both adults and puppies, including those with an adult weight over 70 lbs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 9%
  • Fat: 7%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 70%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 30%
  • Fat: 23%
  • Carbs: 40%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 24%
  • Fat: 46%
  • Carbs: 30%

Chicken Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Chicken, carrots, peas, rice, chicken liver, potatoes, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, whole dried eggs, fish oil, blueberries, chia seeds, calcium carbonate, iodized salt, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, rosemary, copper gluconate, choline bitartrate, vitamin E supplement, manganese gluconate, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), riboflavin (vitamin B2)

AAFCO Statement: Our Chicken Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size Dogs (>70 pounds or more as an adult).

Balanced for both adults and puppies, including those with an adult weight over 70 lbs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 10%
  • Fat: 3%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 73%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 37%
  • Fat: 11%
  • Carbs: 45%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 35%
  • Fat: 26%
  • Carbs: 39%

Turkey Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Turkey breast, kale, lentils, carrots, coconut oil, turkey liver, blueberries, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, chia seeds, iodized salt, calcium carbonate, cod liver oil, zinc gluconate, iron sulfate, choline bitartrate, manganese gluconate, manganese sulfate, copper gluconate, vitamin E supplement, thiamin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodate

AAFCO Statement: Our Turkey Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size Dogs (>70 pounds or more as an adult). 

Balanced for Balanced for both adults and puppies, including those with an adult weight over 70 lbs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 11%
  • Fat: 7%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 72%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 39%
  • Fat: 25%
  • Carbs: 29%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 49%
  • Carbs: 20%

Lamb Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Lamb, lamb liver, butternut squash, kale, chickpeas, cranberries, potato, chia seeds, dicalcium phosphate, iodized salt, calcium carbonate, zinc gluconate, taurine, vitamin E supplement, iron sulfate, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), potassium iodate, manganese gluconate, thiamine hydrochloride, folic acid

AAFCO Statement: Our Lamb Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages, including growth of large size Dogs (>70 pounds or more as an adult). 

Balanced for Balanced for both adults and puppies, including those with an adult weight over 70 lbs.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 10%
  • Fat: 7%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 74%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 38%
  • Fat: 27%
  • Carbs: 27%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 53%
  • Carbs: 16%

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