At Hilton Herbs we are acutely aware of the responsibility we have to both our customers and their animals and pets. As pet, horse, and poultry owners ourselves we understand how important it is to know exactly where their food comes from, and what steps are taken to ensure that it is is safe, effective, and 'fit for purpose'.

At Hilton Herbs we are proud to hold UFAS accreditation. This requires our company to operate under the UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) certificated scheme. We come under this scheme because our products are exported all over the world and, whether you agree with it or not, horse meat is eaten in some European countries so we are therefore required to comply with legislation governing the manufacture of products fed to animals in the food chain.

We make no distinction between the products we manufacture for horses, dogs, poultry, or birds, and deliberately choose to apply the same exacting standards to every product we manufacture.

All the ingredients in Hilton Herbs products are purchased from UFAS -accredited suppliers who confirm plant identity and freedom from contamination by other plant species. Our suppliers grade and air-blow the herbs to remove any dust and then pass them through a ferrous metal detector prior to shipment.  

Our Herbal tinctures are sourced from a company whose premises are licensed by the UK's Medicine Healthcare Regulations Authority (MRHA) and who comply with Good Manufacturing Practice for Pharmaceuticals.

Certification under the UFAS scheme ensures full traceability of all ingredients from 'field to feed'. Throughout the manufacturing process regular checks are carried out, and samples taken, to ensure that the herbs are free from contamination by Salmonella, heavy metals, and pesticide residues.

Each year our premises are inspected by an independently appointed auditor to ensure that all our raw materials, manufacturing, and quality control procedures comply with the strict  UFAS controls and requirements.


National Animal Supplement Council (NASC)

 

Unlike human supplements, present US law does not specifically recognize animal supplements. Because of this, individual states have tried to make it illegal to sell products containing glucosamine, MSM, and even Vitamin C to animals. Until this issue is remedied, your ability to use supplements for your animal will remain in jeopardy.

What is being done?
In 2001 a group of supplement manufacturers formed a not-for-profit organization called the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) to address this problem. The NASC is dedicated to ensuring that supplements continue to be available for animals. They are doing so by working with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) and the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) to create fair, reasonable, responsible regulation that provides nationwide consistency for animal supplements. Hilton Herbs is proud to be a member of the NASC.

What is the NASC doing for me?

Before the NASC existed, there were no standards for what a company making animal supplements could claim on its labels, no standards for manufacturing practices and no standards for tracking adverse events (side effects). Since its formation, the NASC has implemented national standards for labeling, manufacturing and adverse event reporting so that customers will know what they are getting for their supplement dollar. NASC members must embrace the following:

·        Accurate labels with complete ingredient listings

·        No unsubstantiated claims on labels or in advertisements

·        Manufacturing of products under rigorous quality standards

·        Ensuring the safety of the ingredients by tracking adverse events 

 

How is Hilton Herbs contributing?

With its range of natural supplements Hilton Herbs follows all NASC guidelines regarding labeling, manufacturing and adverse event reporting, and we undergo regular independent auditing. For the first time ever, the animal supplement industry is sharing data with each other and with the FDA-CVM. By collecting this data, the NASC has solid proof of safety and visibility on any problems regarding animal supplement formulations and individual ingredients. With the NASC Hilton Herbs hopes to make sensible decisions based on scientific evidence rather than speculation.