Quality Matters

WINERGY Equilibrium is part of Mars Inc. who put quality at the heart of everything they do, in fact it’s one of the ‘Five Principles’ that is central to our business culture. At WINERGY Equilibrium we are committed to supplying quality feeds to our customers and their horses and ponies every day.  Strict internal and external quality standards ensure that we deliver on this commitment. Our daily quality meetings in our in-house laboratory where at least one product from every batch of feed manufactured is carefully inspected is one of the many ways we ensure that the feeds we produce meet the high standards that we demand and that you can be confident they deliver the very best consistent nutrition to your horse. 

 

Horse jumpingWe are accredited to the following Quality Schemes:

  • UFAS
  • BETA NOPS
  • ISO9001:2015 Quality management systems
 

Through our Mars Auditing program

  • ISO22000:Food safety management systems
  • Dutch HACCP(recognised to European standards)
  • Good management Practices (GMP)
 

Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS)

NOPS present in horse feed can result in a positive post-race or competition dope test which is not only a disaster for the trainer or rider concerned, but for the sport and any company whose products might be found to contain a prohibited substance too. The main NOPS and their sources are;

  • Caffeine – (cacao)
  • Theobromine – (cacao)
  • Theophylline – (tea)
  • Morphine – (opium poppy, Papaver somniferum)
  • Hyoscine –  (nightshade, Datura)
  • Hordenine – (germinating barley)
  • Atropine – (nightshade – Atropa belladonna

Horse feed is a natural product and as such, the raw materials used could be grown in fields adjacent to one of the NOPS sources outlined above which is one way they can accidently contaminate the supply chain.  This is why we operate to high internal and external quality standards in the sourcing of our raw materials and regularly audit our suppliers and their hauliers.  Manufacturing also takes place in our own medication free facility, using quality assured ingredients under strictly controlled production conditions.

 

BETA NOPS logoWINERGY Equilibrium is accredited to the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code. The BETA NOPS Code requires us to evaluate the risk of NOPS contamination during every step of the manufacturing process, including the sourcing, storage, transport and actual manufacturing of our products

 

Conforming to the Code allows us to use the BETA NOPS logo on our packaging and in our brochures so that you can be reassured of the stringent quality management procedures that we undertake during every step of the manufacturing process for each of our products.

 

We continue to work via BETA with sporting and government regulatory bodies to ensure that appropriate, procedures and policies are in place to reduce the risk of prohibited substances being present in equine feeds.

 

We are proud of our quality standards and are transparent about the policies and processes we follow to maintain them. If you would like any more information please contact our Care-Line.