Honeychop Horse Feeds are delighted to and have been accredited to the BETA UFAS NOPS code.




What does it stand for:

  • BETABritish Equestrian Trade Association
  • UFASUniversal Feed Assurance Scheme
  • NOPSNaturally Occurring Prohibited Substances:

What are NOPS:

NOPS are prohibited substances and defined as any substance that can ‘exert an effect on a horse’

The main NOPS (and their source) are:-

  1. Caffeine (cacao, cocoa, coffee, tea)
  2. Theobromine (cacao)
  3. Theophylline (tea)
  4. Morphine (opium poppy)
  5. Hyoscine (nightshade, Datura)
  6. Hordenine (germinating barley)
  7. Atropine (nightshade)
  8. Nicotine (tobacco)

Historically the main risks have been from caffeine and theobromine, but increasingly we see a risk from morphine associated with white poppy cultivation in the UK for medicine production.

What does it mean:

The BETA UFAS NOPS Code requires us to evaluate the risk of NOPS contamination during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport and manufacturing processes of our products. Optimum measures are in place to minimise the risk of NOPS contamination.

Conforming to the Code allows us to use the BETA UFAS NOPS logo on our products and reassures our customers of the strict manufacturing practise that is in place for every step of the process for all of our products. Only the highest standard of ingredients are sourced from approved suppliers, with full traceability – from the packaged product right back to the field where it was grown.

All raw materials are risk assessed before use, and no ingredients that knowingly contain a prohibited substance are used. We are regularly audited for quality assurance and make sure testing of raw materials and finished goods are carried out.

The Code has been endorsed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF)

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