Agreement to spur market for animal health products and supplements in China
SALT LAKE CITY (Feb. 27, 2019) — The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) in an effort to advance the beneficial use of nutritional dietary supplements and dosage-form animal health products, both nationally and internationally.
As part of the agreement, the two organizations will cooperate to advance the state of animal health products, supplements and food regulation, safety and quality standards, consumer use and confidence of such products and the establishment of appropriate compliance requirements.
Additionally, UNPA and NASC plan to cooperate to further develop the Chinese marketplace for animal health products and supplements.
“We see the companion animal health products category as a vital and growing sector of the natural products industry,” said Loren Israelsen, UNPA president. “We have long respected the work that Bill Bookout and his team at NASC have been doing and felt the timing was right to formalize a relationship with this leading organization. Our partnership can go a long way toward the responsible and sustainable growth of the animal health products and supplements market, backed with solid science and standards for quality. In addition, UNPA will act as the pipeline for NASC member companies to enter the Chinese market.”
“We could not be more excited about the collaborative relationship with UNPA,” said Bill Bookout, NASC president. “Loren is one of the most respected members of the industry, and the focus of UNPA has always been one of quality and responsibility, with the ultimate objective of increasing consumer confidence. Ultimately, our organizations are dedicated to helping our members maximize the opportunities to make a difference in the lives of both people and animals, while always looking toward the global marketplace. With new and dynamic developments in China, we think UNPA is a great partner to leverage our core strengths, which holds great promise for both organizations.”
The NASC MOU joins 22 other partnerships that UNPA has signed with U.S. and international trade and non-profit organizations, academic institutions and other groups that bring expertise, influence and trusted reputations. By laying out its joint objectives via an MOU, UNPA is able to serve the needs of its members and its industry stakeholders with greatest effect and efficiency. Learn more about UNPA’s MOU partnerships at the UNPA website.
About the National Animal Supplement Council
The National Animal Supplement Council is a nonprofit industry group dedicated to protecting and enhancing the health of companion animals and horses throughout the United States. The NASC Quality Seal program was initiated as part of our ongoing effort to improve and standardize the industry. Members earn permission to display the Quality Seal by agreeing to adhere to NASC’s quality standards and by submitting to an independent audit to ensure compliance with rigorous quality-system requirements. For more information, visit www.nasc.cc.
About the United Natural Products Alliance
The United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) is an international association representing more than 100 leading natural products, dietary supplement, functional food and scientific and technology and related service companies that share a commitment to provide consumers with natural health products of superior quality, benefit, reliability and sustainability. Founded in 1992 in Utah—widely regarded as the epicenter of dietary supplement manufacturing in the United States—UNPA was instrumental in the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and continues to take a leadership position in state and federal regulatory issues and industry best practices. For more information, visit www.unpa.com.
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SOURCE: The United Natural Products Alliance, www.unpa.com.