The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) have reported, on behalf of a number of its horse feed manufacturing members, clarification with regards the recent contamination of some horse feeds by Zilpaterol. Whilst there is no health risks to horses, Zilpaterol is prohibited for horses competing under rules. It is used as a feed additive in the USA and some other countries to promote weight gain, mainly in cattle, however, it is not approved for use in Europe.
Feeds affected include the following, but depend on manufacturing dates and best before dates, so see www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/update-from-beta-on-zilpaterol-contamination for full information:
- Allen & Page – Stud & young stock mix, Quiet mix, Herbal quiet mix, Old Faithfuls special, Quiet cubes & Sustain
- Baileys Horse Feeds – Baileys range of cubes (primarily, No.2 Working Cubes, No.4 Top Line Conditioning Cubes, No.11 Racehorse Cubes, No.23 Racing Light Cubes, No.24 Ease & Excel Cubes)
- Hilight Horse Feeds – range of cubes
- Honeychop Horse Feeds – a limited number of their fibre range
- Saracen Horse Feeds – range of mixes (cubes not affected)
- Spillers, Winergy, Pegasus – Mixes and fibres, all cubes and balancers are unaffected. Some Mixes, Spillers Happy Hoof, and other chopped fibres
- Other feed companies may also be affected.