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FEI U-turn means in­gre­di­ent is no longer banned for com­pe­ti­tion horses

Horse & Hound - - On The Cover - By ELEANOR JONES

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AN FEI U-turn on the ban­ning of a pop­u­lar feed-sup­ple­ment in­gre­di­ent has been met with “de­light” by those who cam­paigned for the change.

The in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion has re­moved MSM (methyl sulpho­nyl meth­ane) from its pro­hib­ited sub­stances list from 1 Jan­uary 2018, af­ter ex­ten­sive lob­by­ing by the Bri­tish Eques­trian Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (BETA), sup­ported by sup­ple­ment man­u­fac­turer NAF.

The in­clu­sion of MSM — a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sub­stance found in many plants and widely used in equine feed and supplements — as a con­trolled med­i­ca­tion, and spec­i­fied sub­stance from 2018, had caused con­fu­sion (news 22 June).

The FEI said at the time

MSM was the ma­jor me­tab­o­lite of banned chem­i­cal DMSO, the sub­stance into which this sol­vent is bro­ken down in the body, and so high lev­els of it could in­di­cate abuse of DMSO.

“We put in a strong case for the re­moval of the sub­stance from the list and we are de­lighted that we have been suc­cess­ful in putting a case for­ward that was con­vinc­ing enough to cause the FEI to change the list,” BETA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

Claire Wil­liams told H&H.

“While they may have as­sured us it would have lit­tle ef­fect on the sup­ple­men­tary feed­ing of MSM to horses, I think we were all aware that, had it been con­firmed, it could have had a sig­nif­i­cant and po­ten­tially neg­a­tive im­pact on the feed in­dus­try, and feed­ing horses.

“With par­tic­u­lar thanks to the BETA feed com­mit­tee for putting to­gether the tech­ni­cal ev­i­dence re­quired for a con­vinc­ing case, I have also thanked San­dra Hill from the BEF for their sup­port.”

NAF founder Richard Cleeve is “de­lighted the FEI has come to the right con­clu­sion”.

“We’re very happy MSM can con­tinue to be fed as an ap­proved sup­ple­ment,” he added. “Thank you to the team at NAF and the BETA feed com­mit­tee for their ef­forts in yield­ing this re­sult.”

MSM is a source of sul­phur, which is im­por­tant in main­tain­ing col­la­gen and car­ti­lage.

An FEI spokesman said: “The pro­hib­ited sub­stance list is re­vised by ex­perts who pro­pose changes once a year. The FEI bureau ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tion to re­move [MSM].”

The ban­ning of MSM had caused con­fu­sion

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