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One question we are frequently asked is ‘Can we compete using this product?’ With so many supplements to choose from, isn’t this just one more question to make the choice more difficult? Luckily there is now such a scheme that competitors can trust. BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) working in combination with the globally recognised quality audit body UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) have launched the BETA UFAS NOPS Code. The BETA NOPS Code is an assurance scheme to reduce the risk of accidental contamination by Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS). Those prohibited substances they are particularly looking for are as follows, with their common sources in brackets.

·         Caffeine – (coffee)
·         Theobromine – (chocolate)
·         Theophylline – (tea)
·         Morphine – (opium poppy, Papaver somniferum)
·         Hyoscine –  (nightshade, Datura)
·         Hordenine – (germinating barley)
·         Atropine – (nightshade – Atropa belladonna)
·         Nicotine – (tobacco)

These are NOPS that could conceivably get into the horse’s feed chain either directly from the feed being grown, such as hordenine on barley, but also from cross contamination. Consider for a moment that opium poppies are now commercially grown in the UK for medicine production. How easily could a poppy seed blow over from it’s field into a nearby oat field for example?

The BETA Code ensures all materials used are risk assessed, all suppliers are carefully chosen and all manufacturing processes are carefully controlled to minimise the risk of NOPS contamination from farm to shop. Checking that any feed or supplement for competition horses and ponies carries the NOPS logo should reassure owners, producers and trainers that everything possible has been done to minimise the risk from accidental contamination.




But don’t forget your own responsibilities. As owners, riders and producers you have your own role to play in feed safety for competing horses. Just take a look back at the list of NOPS for competing horses and you can see how ill-advised it would be to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chocolate biscuit in the feed room! Anyone handling feed for competing horses should be aware of the risks and take suitable precautions such as keeping your own snacks away from horse feed, keeping any medications strictly separate and cleaning buckets after every use. For further information on the BETA Code see the BETA website

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