I’ve noticed that some of the supplements have a sticker with the initials NASC. What does that mean?
– Robin H., Canton, GA
“NASC” stands for the National Animal Supplement Council, an industry group founded in 2001 dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of companion animals and horses throughout the U.S. The cornerstone of NASC’s mission is to work cooperatively with state, federal and inter- national government officials to create a legislative and regulatory environment that is fair, reasonable, responsible and nationally consistent.
One of the ways it achieves this is through its Quality Assurance Seal Program in which member companies must:
- Have a Quality Manual in place that provides written standard operating proce- dures for production process control.
- Have an Adverse Event Reporting system in place to continually monitor and evaluate products.
- Follow proper label guidelines for all products.
- Include any specific warning and cautionary statements recommended by the FDA and NASC (for example, the following is required on all supplement labels: “safe use in pregnant animals or animals intended for breeding has not been proven” and “if animal’s condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and contact your veterinarian”).
In addition, companies that wish to display the NASC Seal must submit to an independent audit of their facility.
[Ed. note: Originally printed in the May 2010 issue of Salt Block Gazette]