How do you know your supplements are safe and accurately labeled?
We often ask people at shows if they think all the products contain what they claim on the label or what the NASC Seal means and we get a range of replies. We want you to understand how important our approach to quality and accountability is and why being an audited member of the National Animal Supplement Council( NASC ) is a crucial part.
As an audited member of the NASC we are subjected to a comprehensive audit by NASC auditors of every element of our operations.
Why is this important to you?
Did you know that the vast majority of raw materials for supplements come from China?
Did you know that salmonella or mycotoxins can be present in animal feeds?
There have been several serious adverse events in recent years; many people remember the horrific example of the dog food that was spiked with melamine which resulted in the deaths of many dogs.
A few years ago over thirty joint supplements for horses were tested to see if they met label claim; 5 out of 32 matched the label.
These and many other issues are why Grand Meadows has been at the forefront of establishing accountability in manufacturing and marketing of animal health supplements. Our President, Nick Hartog, was a founding member of the NASC and serves on the Board of Directors. We have been instrumental in introducing many of the changes that have made supplements safer and more effective. Below are two examples of the type of initiatives that have been introduced.
(1) In 2009 the NASC started random testing of member products to see if the products matched label claims and we have an ongoing program of random testing that continues. If a member product does not meet label claim they are notified in writing and required to provide evidence of actions taken to correct the problem. In addition if you fail a test the same product will be tested again at a random time to see if the product has been corrected. Multiple failures will result in fines and cancellation of membership.
(2) We talked above about the fact that most raw materials come from China and while there are many high quality raw material suppliers in China there are also some unscrupulous suppliers as well. We started a raw material testing program where we can no longer accept a Certificate of Assay from the manufacturer of an ingredient. We now send samples of each raw material to one of three laboratories approved by the NASC for secondary testing to make sure the ingredients are safe and have the correct activity level.
The NASC was formed in 2004 but at Grand Meadows we have been observing these high standards since the company’s inception. In Florida the Department of Agriculture started random testing of products back in 2000 and every year since. Every single time our products have been tested they have matched the label claim exactly – we have all the letters to prove it. In 2010 in order to gain access to the Australian market we had to provide an FDA audit which is highly unusual. A senior inspector came to our plant in November of 2010 and if you click on the link below, you will see the score from the last page 96.7%!
Don't just take our word for it...
Grand Meadows scored 145 points out of a possible 150 points in the
"California Commercial Feed Program - Formula Feed Inspection Report" which is part the State of California Department of Food and Agriculture - Safe Animal Feed Education Program.
Per Michael Davidson, who is the Senior Special Investigator, Grand Meadows hit 96.7% total out of a possible 100% for the following report covering:
• Safe Animal Feed Education
• Voluntary Feed Quality Assurance Inspection
• Including Good Manufacturing Practices and Process Control Measures