Every bag of Saracen feed is manufactured in a UFAS accredited mill and undergoes strictly documented quality control procedures. A comprehensive system is in place to ensure the consistency and quality of all products manufactured by Saracen Horse Feeds for equine use. The adopted quality system is the AIC (Agricultural Industries Confederation) Universal Feed Assurance Scheme. The quality system in place is structured in a logical manner that follows established HACCP (Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points) to identify potential nutritional, microbial or physical hazards. Controls are applied to each area of the company’s activities where performance can have an impact on finished product quality.
- Design and maintenance of manufacturing sites and plant
- Quality control
- Storage of both raw materials and finished product
- Selection of feed ingredients
- Manufacturing principles
- Loading, transport and delivery
- Personnel & training
Written procedures are included in the quality system in accordance with the AIC Feed Assurance Scheme, and these quality records form an important part of it. The records include information on product and raw material specifications, raw material and finished product test results, and testing procedures for the presence of naturally occurring contaminants, which are considered prohibited by the equine regulatory authorities. To ensure that the company continually meet the requirements of the UFAS scheme, internal audits are carried out on a regular basis covering all aspects of the business and an independent audit is carried out on an annual basis.
Saracen Horse Feeds joined the code of practice for feed manufacturers that the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) put in place on 1st October 2009. The Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code has been developed by BETA in response to the increased incidence of positive dope tests in racehorses. The NOPS scheme, whilst not a guarantee, is a risk-assessment based approach to reducing the chance of feed being contaminated with naturally occurring prohibited substances, such as morphine, for example. Both the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF) have endorsed the BETA NOPS Code, which sits alongside our UFAS annual audit. As an approved member of the new code, we use the logo like a kitemark, a sign of reassurance to owners and trainers of the stringent quality management procedures that have been undertaken during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport and manufacturing processes for each product.
Saracen Specialist Bonded Racing Products include:
- Recoup 11™
- Recoup Cubes
- Race 13®
- Racing Prep 14
- Kentucky Racing Balancer
- Racehorse Cubes
- Racefit Cubes
Saracen work with the Horse Racing Forensic Laboratory (LGC) in Newmarket, which has been testing commercially prepared feed for the horseracing industry for over 20 years. They offer a screening service designed to assist feed manufacturers in their quality control process. Analysis is performed to high international standards (ISO 17025) using state of the art mass spectrometric detection systems, capable of detecting contaminants at very low levels (ng/g).