Optimum nutritional value is of utmost importance for equine athletes. This can only be achieved through the most current science and research as well as premium quality ingredients. Equina products are designed and created to cover the horse’s physiological needs and the quality production process ensures the effectiveness of the active components and that they are not diminished. The result is an easily absorbed, highly effective product. Our premium quality is achieved through top notch ingredients and strict production standards and controls.
What Is Miavat? Why Does It Matter?
Equina Products are formulated with the latest science and research and produced at MIAVIT where quality management is second to none. The MIAVIT certifications ensure the products you receive meet the strictest of standards. Quality management runs through the entire manufacturing process. From formulation to buying of raw materials, receipt and storage of incoming raw materials and on through production and dispatch. In fact, a preventative risk assessment is performed through their HACCP concept so that possible risk can be prevented or minimized in advance of production. MIAVIT quality standard is ensured through analytical monitoring (over 12,000 tests done annually), 100% traceability with their early warning barcode system, separate mixing lines to guarantee highest level or product purity, ongoing, regular employee training that far exceeds the standard and supplier management through continuous assessment, analysis and auditing.
In addition, MIAVIT audits all quality management measures regularly, has a very thorough compliant processing system designed to statistically evaluate all complaints and corrective measures in order to prevent and reduce errors. MIAVIT’s formulation department not only tests and evaluates their own products, they use a dual review process for customer’s formulation development as well.
MIAVIT certifications include:
TUV SUD. This is a global company whose headquarters in in Germany. They specialize in 3rd party solutions and help companies to maximize profitability, ensure quality and sustainability. They certify many industries including food supplements and food packaging. Testing for higher standard, safety, reliability and quality, ensuring a global standard, looking at company regulations and efficacy, and minimizing risk non-compliance are their focus throughout these industries. They asses the company as a whole in order to provide holistic solutions, have cross industry expertise, a global network and are future focused.
FAMI QS. They are a pioneer in the feed ingredient field serve 47 countries and are located in Belgium. They have developed a quality and safety system for specialty feed ingredients and their mixtures. Minimizing risk of unsafe ingredients, feed hygiene regulation and measurements to ensure safety regulations are met are the primary focus. Additionally, they are animal based and their codes are aimed at specialty feed ingredients and mixtures. Training and certification process in intense and they offer training programs geared towards Food Safety awareness and FDA Modernization act. In October of 2017 they launched their revised standards in order to keep up with the developments within the industry. They are present in the United States; however most top feed companies do not carry their certification.
GMP/GMP+. Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices + (Plus adds HACCP – Hazards Analysis Critical Control Points). Started in the Netherlands in 1992 as a result of several contamination issues, it has developed and evolved into an international company involving more the 70 countries. The main goal being to ensure consistent quality feed, they believe that food safety starts with the cultivation of products and must continue through all aspects of production until the product reaches the retail outlet, this includes storage, transport and detailed documentation of procedures. They define clear conditions to guarantee safety and sustainability. The addition of the ISO/HACCP certifications resulted from the process evolving into a more preventative and proactive process throughout with a structured approach to risk management. The EWS (Early Warning System) was also implemented to reduce the impact of a contamination. Objective Independent Audits are performed on a regular basis to ensure policies, procedures and guidelines are met and do not need to be updated, changed in order to keep with the companies over growing certifications. GMP+ is one of the most valued and recognized certifications in the industry. It is important to recognize that cGMP registration is gained by meeting facility standards while GMP certification requires actual testing of the end product, the actual supplement. GMP certification is very rare in the United States among the major lines of equine supplements.
Bio Seigel EG. Organic certification. This certification shows the company’s products use agriculturally produced products according to EU regulation in organic farming. 95% or more of ingredients in the products must come from organic production. This certification meets German organic food labeling act standards. Producers must also participate as certified operators under controlled system provided for in regulation.
QS Pruzeichen. QS certification mark shows products have been cross staged quality assured for fresh food.
For processes that have a critical impact on food safety or animal welfare, QS goes beyond the legal requirements. For feed supplements QS inspections involve comprehensive feed monitoring. All feeds are regularly tested for certain pollutants (mycotoxins, heavy metals and dioxins). The examination results must be deposited in the QS database. For certain pollutant parameters, QS with stricter limits goes well beyond the legal requirements. QS requires exclusive use of raw materials according to approved/positive list for feed materials or lists of recognized standards. In addition, substances on the QS exclusion list may not be used as feed in the QS system. For deliveries of compound feed (loose goods) to farmers, the VVVO number is documented for traceability. QS has specifications for the cleaning and disinfection of trucks used to transport animal feed.