Blue Chip Supports New ‘NOPS’ Code


Leading equine feed brand Blue Chip has announced its commitment to a new industry code intended to eliminate the incidence of positive dope tests due to what are described as Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances or NOPS.

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The so-called NOPS Code was developed by the British Equestrian Trade Association as an industry response to the increasing number of positive dope tests, particularly in racehorses found to have accidentally ingested the NOPS morphine.

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Blue Chip Managing Director Jem Clay explains, “We have been actively involved in the development of the NOPS Code and are committed to its role as an independent verification scheme reassuring our customers that Blue Chip products are of a technically high standard.

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“All feed products conforming to the new NOPS Code will carry labelling confirming to owners and trainers that each has been manufactured to the most stringent of quality management procedures at every stage of production.

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“We feel that any positive dope test is one too many and potentially disastrous for the rider or trainer concerned, along with damaging the image of UK equestrian sport. Those responsible for buying feedstuffs will now be able to clearly identify which companies, like Blue Chip, are committed to the Code and feed our high-quality, technically advanced products with complete confidence.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS

The so-called NOPS Code is a ‘shortened’ description of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code.

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