Keyflow Feeds are proud to be a part of the BETA NOPS Assurance Scheme, put in place by BETA to help minimise the risk of Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) in equine feed.
To become a part of the BETA NOPS Assurance Scheme, our company, as well as our suppliers and partners must adhere to strict guidelines as well as being regularly audited, with access to rigorous training to ensure that the correct policies and procedures are in place to minimise – as much as is possible – the risk of NOPS appearing in our products.
What are “Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances”?
The definition of a prohibited substance is “any substance that can exert an effect on a horse” which is a broad, all encompassing definition.
A naturally occurring prohibited substance (or NOPS) is one that is either naturally present within certain ingredients or that occurs as a result of inadvertent cross contamination during processing before arriving at the feed manufacturer’s facility.
An example is coffee – a substance which is perfectly natural, but which is prohibited in competitive equine pursuits due to the risk that it may affect a horses performance.
You can read more about NOPS – what they are and where they come from – on the BETA Website here.
Helping to Minimise the Risk at Home
As a horse owner, there are many things that you can do at your yard to further reduce the risk of your horse coming into contact with Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances. This is especially important if you take part in any competitive equestrian activity. If a horse is tested for prohibited substances and the test shows a positive result, the person in charge of the horse (usually, but not always the rider) can be fined and banned from competition.
Below are some downloadable documents provided by BETA which give you a guide of measures you can take to minimise the risk of NOPS contamination in your yard. You can also read more information about NOPS on the BETA Website.
Download: The BETA Prohibited Substances Leaflet