Last month saw the annual conference of the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC) at the Tradewinds Island Grand resort in St Pete beach, Florida, USA.  As one of the founder members of the NASC, Hilton Herbs attends every year to ensure we are up to date with the latest and up-coming regulations and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.  Our own Medical Herbalist, Hilary Self,  is a regular speaker at the event and sits on the NASC scientific advisory committee, however other commitments meant this year it was attended by our Production & Export Manager Martin Brooks.  The conference runs over two and a half days and covers many topics and formats from straight forward lecture and presentations to the highly informative open discussion panels on a wide range of topics. 

It's not all work though and the evenings were good opportunities to network to the back drop of the Florida sunset and meet many interesting people. In the past Hilton Herbs has been the only UK company in attendance but this year it seems other UK companies have taken interest in our successful export business and are look to follow our lead the USA market. 

One of the highlights of the trip was collecting our first American award in the form of the NASC visibility award. This was a proud moment not only because it was a first for us but it is the accumulation for a lot of hard work to promote the NASC Quality Seal which in itself shows a company’s commitment to quality, consumer education and improving the overall standards in the animal health supplement industry. We do this by prominently displaying the NASC logo on our American labels, in our catalogues and in advertisements.

NASC’s Quality Seal Program ensures that companies displaying the seal have passed a comprehensive facility audit, have a written quality control manual, utilize an adverse event reporting system and follow proper label guidelines including warnings and caution statements suggested by regulatory agencies.

The picture shows Martin collecting the award from returning NASC president Bill Bookout.