I would like to add some more facts to this discussion.
The EU regulation Commission Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 of 25 February 2011 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32011R0142
) allow producers to use dried or fermented meat feed so in the fact they can design dry meat of own quality standard - see below:
if authorised by the competent authority, be subject to a treatment such as drying or fermentation, which ensures that the petfood poses no unacceptable risks to public and animal health;
Now have a look at this declaration Eden 80/20 Original Cuisine Dog Food, Allaboutdogfood rating 5.
Producer declare 80% meat and 20% vegetables and fruit.
This is declaration:
Freshly Prepared Chicken 19%, Dried Chicken 18%, Freshly Prepared Salmon 15%, Dried Herring 12.5%, Sweet Potato 12%, Chicken Fat 4.5%, Dried Duck 4%, Tapioca 3.5%, Whole Egg 2.5%, Chicken Liver 2.5%, White Fish 2%, Pea Fibre 2%,
If you calculate all types of meat fresh and dryied you come to 73%. If you add egg and chicken fat you are at 80%.
Now if the dried food would have 10% of moisture the food would have much over 80%. So I understand that in this declaration dried food have actually the same amout of water as fresh meat otherwise something in the declaration is wrong.
Same as Carra-Pet Foods I value the work of Allaboutdogfood and this should help to come to more clear opinion.
I hope David will have some clarifications to this.