What are NOPS and why should you care?

What are NOPS and why should you care?

What are NOPS and why should you care?

NOPS stands for Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances; these are substances that are either naturally present within certain ingredients (such as salicylic acid in willow bark) or that occurs as a result of inadvertent cross contamination during processing before arriving at the feed manufacturer’s facility (such as contamination with weeds e.g. deadly nightshade).

Prohibited substances put simply are substances that are not allowed in a horse and will result in a positive dope test. Although all NOPS are prohibited substances, not all prohibited substances are NOPS! Prohibited substances cover a wide range of substances that can come from a variety of sources including: human and veterinary medicines, food (e.g. cocoa, bakery products and sweets), drinks (e.g. tea and coffee or other caffeine-containing soft drinks), feeds, recreational drugs, and CBD supplements.

There are some differences between the prohibited substances lists and they can change so it is important to keep up to date with your regulatory body!

The BETA-NOPS logo can be found on all EA products and this is an assurance scheme designed to reduce the risk of NOPS in equine feeds and to display this logo the company must be accredited by BETA NOPS.

Our products are manufactured in licensed premises using quality-assured ingredients under strictly controlled production conditions and conform to the requirements of the relevant legislation governing the manufacture of animal feeding stuffs.

Equine America monitors for the presence of specified naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) as required under the rules of racing and other affiliated competitions which are in line with BETA NOPS guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines ensures that the risk of occurrence of such substances is minimized.

At Equine America, we take pride in providing premium equine products that have been carefully crafted to meet the specific needs of your cherished companions.

If you have any further questions please get in contact with us today!
info@equine-america.co.nz or 0800 440 888.