“The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds (including dog and cat foods) and animal drug remedies. The organization defines and establishes regulations for pet food and feed ingredients, as well as sets standards for nutritional adequacy.”
As a pet owner, you need to be familiar with what AAFCO does and doesn’t do, so that you can make informed choices when picking out the best food for your dog. Purchasing only AAFCO-approved dog food is a good place to start, but the highest-quality foods go above and beyond providing "adequate" nutrition. Ultimately, optimum nutrition is what we’re all really after.