While AAFCO doesn’t help consumers directly, AAFCO’s philosophy is about consumer protection and supports pet owners, producers, manufacturers, and academic leaders:
“The most important aspect of feed regulation is to provide protection for the consumer as well as the regulated industry. A major function of feed regulations is to safeguard the health of man and animals. Another important function of feed regulation is to provide a structure for orderly commerce.”
We also use expert nutrition opinions to establish nutrient standards (profiles) for dogs and cats. However, pet food is directly regulated by individual states and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
For Pet Owners
The nutritional adequacy statement — usually found in small print on the back or side of pet food packaging — is the key to meeting a pet’s nutritional needs.
For Livestock Owners
AAFCO provides feed-regulatory information for livestock-production farmers and ranchers, pet owners of horses, veterinarians, and other animal professionals.
Looking to Start a Pet Food Business?
If you produce or are interested in producing pet food or specialty pet treats, learn more about the regulation process and labeling requirements.