The online resource includes an A-to-Z list of terms and definitions, ingredients, and recommended quantities for those ingredients, as well as scientific data on commercial pet food components as available. AAFCO has made this resource free to provide transparency to pet owners.

These feed terms, names, and definitions are typically adopted by state feed control officials and used as the regulatory basis to ensure all ingredients used in animal feed (including pet food) meet specific efficacy and identification standards. Likewise, feed manufacturers rely on these feed terms, names, and definitions to ensure compliance with the state regulations to distribute feed products in the marketplace. Finally, these feed terms, names, and definitions provide consumers with clarity and greater understanding about the ingredients in the feed they purchase.