National Animal Supplement Council

Biil Bookout Returns as NASC President Print E-mail

NASC is very fortunate that Bill Bookout, Chairman of the Board of NASC Directors, has agreed to step back in as NASC's President reassuming the role he held for over 10 years.  When the animal supplement industry was threatened in 2001, Bill led the efforts that resulted in founding NASC in 2002.  Since that time, NASC has become the leading trade association in North America representing supplements for dogs, cats and horses.  

On behalf of NASC and its members, Bill spearheaded the development of cGMPs, labeling and claims guidance, the NASC Adverse Event Reporting System, product testing programs, the Preferred Supplier Program, and the NASC Audit Program to differentiate members that use the NASC Quality Seal.  Additionally, NASC has established and maintained excellent working relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies.  As evident from the track record under Bill Bookout's leadership, NASC remains confident of continued success and growth in the future with his return as NASC President.


NASC 2014 Annual Conference - Registration Information Print E-mail

Attendee Registration is Open for the
NASC 2014 Annual Conference at St. Pete Beach, Florida

The 2014 Annual Conference will be held on May 7-9, 2014 at the Trade Winds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach.  

Click the Annual Conference button on the top menu for the Attendee Registation and Hotel Reservation links.  

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Press Release - NASC Sets Stage for Consumer Awareness Campaign Launch Print E-mail

NASC Sets Stage For Consumer Awareness Campaign Launch

Valley Center, Calif. (June 13, 2013) – National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) announces the completion of a strategic campaign to improve the brand equity of the NASC Quality Seal, which has resulted in an updated image and new NASC Corporate Partner Seal that will be utilized by approved third-party suppliers. 

“The board’s intention behind this update is to expand awareness of NASC’s quality systems among consumers,” says Karen Howard, president of NASC who presented the updated seal to members at NASC’s annual conference in May.  “For more than 10 years, NASC has worked diligently to create a unique path for animal supplements to go to market and define standards for the product supply chain that ensure retailers and consumers can trust animal supplements with the NASC Quality Seal.   Now we are poised to broadly expand our outreach to consumers and engage them in the responsibility of providing healthy supplements to the animals we love.”

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.

Press Release - NASC Honors Industry Leaders during the 2013 Annual Conference Print E-mail

NASC Honors Companies for Excellence in Improving
the Standards of the Animal Health Supplement Industry and
Presents Ben Jones with Lifetime Achievement Award

St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 17, 2013) – National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) hosted its 3rd annual awards ceremony on May 16, oceanfront at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach.  Companies were honored for exceptional efforts in their commitment to quality, education and improving the standards of the animal health supplement industry.

A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ben Jones, associate director for the Office of the Texas State Chemist.  Jones’ role as the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) liaison to NASC has been invaluable in helping the organization meet compliance standards since its inceptionHe was honored for his devotion and service to NASC and the animal health supplement industry. 

"Ben Jones has been a tremendous guide for our organization and he's one of the key reasons why our relationship with AAFCO is so effective," says Karen Howard, president of NASC.

Eurofins Scientific, Inc. received a MVP Vendor Award in recognition of their leadership and commitment to unparalleled testing and support services to the animal health supplement industry.  Eurofins is a world leader in method applications for dietary supplements including the analysis of botanical, herbal, phyto-chemical, sports nutrition and dietary supplement products.

NASC Thanks Chuck Francis for his Service Print E-mail

NASC has accepted the resignation of Board member Chuck Francis upon his retirement from industry last month.  Chuck is a founding member of NASC and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002.  In his capacity as President of Nutri-Vet LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of animal supplements for dogs, cats and horses, Chuck championed NASC's efforts to educate retailers on the value of the seal.  "It was Chuck's insight and effort that positioned NASC with PetSmart," said Board Chairman Bill Bookout.  "I credit him with their decision to embrace the value of NASC and put audited products on their shelves."  Chuck has worked in consumer products, particularly in the human and animal supplement industry, for more than 30 years.  In 2011, Nutri-Vet was bought by Imperial Capital of Toronto. NASC and the membership will continue to benefit from Chuck's efforts for the foreseeable future.  We wish Chuck all the best as he ventures into this next stage of life's journey.

The Board of Directors has elected Scott McCunn, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for 21st Century Healthcare, Inc., to fill the remainder of Chuck's term.   In 2014, this Board position will be up for election and we are pleased that Scott is willing to serve until then.  21st Century Healthcare has a rich history of commitment to NASC and its future.  We welcome Scott to the Board and are grateful for his service. 

Press Release - Fabien Cousteau to Open the NASC 2013 Annual Conference Print E-mail

Fabien Cousteau to Open National Animal Supplement Council's
2013 Annual Conference on St. Pete Beach, Florida

Valley Center, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2012) – Noted documentary filmmaker and famed ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau will headline the 2013 National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) annual conference on May 14-16, on St. Pete Beach at the pet-friendly TradeWinds Island Grand Resort.

Fabien Cousteau
, the first
grandson of world-renowned oceanographic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is known throughout the world for his conservation efforts for the ocean.  Cousteau’s conservation crusade has led him to speak at major global conferences around the world including Google Zeitgeist, DLD, TEDx, Rio +20 Summit and the United Nations Foundation.  In addition to co-producing a multi-hour documentary series for PBS called “Ocean Adventures,” Cousteau founded Plant A Fish, an innovative nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and children to help restore their local water ecosystems through the healthy “replanting” of key marine species. 

Press Release - NASC Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Conference Print E-mail

NASC Recognizes Companies for Improving the Standards of
Animal Health Supplements and Presents
Frank Ballard with Lifetime Achievement Award

Valley Center, Calif. (May 18, 2012) – National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) hosted its 2nd annual awards gala on May 10, at Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla.  Companies were celebrated for extraordinary efforts in their commitment to quality, education and improving the standards of the animal health supplement industry.

A Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Frank Ballard, president of HBH one of the nation's premier specialty pet co-manufacturers.   Ballard was instrumental in setting up the framework of NASC to operate as the nonprofit trade organization it is today.  He was honored for his unselfish dedication to NASC and the animal health supplement industry. 

"If it had not been for Frank's business expertise we may not have NASC today," says Bill Bookout, NASC's chairman of the board.  "He held the larger vision above the interests of his company, jumping in without reservation and dedicating his time to get us up and running accordingly."

Press Release - "War Horse" Trainer Leads Off NASC 2012 Annual Conference Print E-mail

National Animal Supplement Council Brings "War Horse" Trainer
to Annual Conference

Valley Center, Calif. (March 14, 2012) – Due to the world-wide success of Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film, “War Horse,” the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is excited to announce Hollywood horse trainer, Bill Lawrence, as keynote speaker for its annual conference.

Lawrence, who has worked for more than 20 years in the movie industry training liberty horses and other animals for major motion pictures such as, “John Carter,” “Evan Almighty,” “The Young Black Stallion,” and “The Legend of Zorro,” was selected as one of the lead trainers in the movie, “War Horse,” training liberty horses alongside actors, including Jeremy Irvine.

Press Release - Soy Flour Recall No Threat for NASC's NAERS Print E-mail

Soy Flour Recall No Threat for the National Animal Supplement
Council's Adverse-Event Reporting System

Valley Center, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2011) – On the morning of Oct. 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall alert for Thumb Oilseed’s soy flour, utilized to manufacture certain human and animal foods, due to salmonella contamination.  Four hours later, the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) scanned more than 5,000 products containing more than 1,400 individual ingredients, utilizing data that its members entered into the NASC Adverse-Event Reporting System (NAERS).  By using the system, NASC was able to identify a total of 27 products containing soy flour and notify the eight companies selling the products with specific instructions on how to check the ingredient with raw material suppliers.  NASC received responses from all eight companies with updates and next steps within the same day.  

“Entering products and ingredients into NAERS is required for all NASC members,” says Bill Bookout, president of NASC, the nonprofit industry trade association that represents 90 percent of the animal health supplement industry, dedicated to improving the health and welfare of horses, dogs, cats and other companion animals.  “All member products are entered into the system so both products and ingredients can be specifically tracked to individual companies.  If there is an issue, we can help specifically identify potential problems directly to the individual product SKUs.”

Press Release - NASC Launches Quality Assurance Program for Supply Chain Partners Print E-mail

National Animal Supplement Council Launches Quality Assurance Program for Raw Material Suppliers and Contract Manufacturers

Valley Center, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2011) –National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a third-party quality assurance program specifically for raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers.  As an extension of the organization’s current NASC Quality Seal Program for finished products in the animal health supplement industry, raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers can now apply for a NASC Quality Supply Chain Partner Seal. 

“In our industry, companies have historically relied on a supplier’s certificate of analysis as the sole means of verifying the identity of a material and as a basis for formulating products,” says Bill Bookout, president of NASC, the nonprofit industry trade association leading the charge for national regulation of supplements for companion animals and horses.  “However, due to recent issues involving potential contaminants in ingredients we felt it necessary to launch a program for supply chain partners to help further ensure NASC members deliver quality products to their customers.”

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