Far more than simply a claim on a label, “Quality” starts before a raw ingredient ever comes close to entering the doors of Platinum’s California facility. “Choosing the ingredients that come together to make our formulas is one of our greatest responsibilities,” says Dustin Mojonnier, Director of Production at Platinum Performance®. “We scour the world for the absolute best-quality ingredients we can find,” he continues. “We’re looking for excellent bio-availability (absorbability), impeccable safety standards, verified research and a track record of results.
With a rigorous vetting process, suppliers must meet a strict set of requirements. We live by the same old adage, “trust but verify.” We are fanatical about all things related to the quality of the products that bear the Platinum name, as we fully understand that the health and safety of someone’s animal is in our hands.
Platinum Performance® formulas are only as good as the ingredients at their core. It’s the finite details — the small steps — that make for big results. Our Quality Team takes great responsibility in the research and verification behind each of Platinum’s raw ingredient sources — an exhaustive process that we take tremendous pride in. “A lot of people may look at the level of testing we do and question if it’s really necessary,” say Brad Marr, Director of Quality. “To us, there is no question. Whether we’re talking about an Olympic-level jumper or a client’s trail horse, those animals deserve our complete attention to every detail.”
It’s this level of detail that moved our late founder, Dr. Doug Herthel, to make the early decision to choose quality and efcacy over price, knowing that being the low cost leader was not who we were. The goals for Platinum were always focused on the health of the horse first and not the bottom line. It’s not just a rule but a core value that’s woven into the fabric of the company’s culture. Nutrition, however, can be the most economical decision that a horse owner makes in regard to their horse’s health. It’s about prevention and giving a horse the right nutritional support can help avoid costly problems later on. Equine veterinarians fully appreciate the power of prevention and increasingly turn to nutrition as a tool to influence everything from inflammatory levels to joint health and gastrointestinal conditions. To have a veterinarian trust you enough to recommend your product, that’s a privilege that we work very hard to earn. It’s those veterinarians that have been the company’s inspiration from day one, helping to bring a greater understanding of the importance of nutrition to horse owners across the country.
Since its inception, Platinum Performance® products were, and continue to be, made from almost entirely human-grade ingredients. By sourcing human-grade ingredients rather than animal grade, ingredients are manufactured, stored and shipped with increased care and control.
Walk through the Platinum facility and you’ll feel like you’re in a research lab — a complete departure from the feed mill-type atmosphere that most envision when picturing the manufacturing of equine supplements. The facility is state-of-the-art, equipped with the highest-level manufacturing technology and quality-testing capabilities, as well as being one of only a handful of animal supplement companies to be both NASC certified and GMP registered.
“Producing all of our products in our own facility gives us much greater control,” says Conor Keegan, who oversees in-house quality testing at Platinum Performance®. “We approve any potential raw material by subjecting it to our own in-house and third-party lab testing to verify that identity, potency and purity meet our established ingredient specifications,” he continues. “All Platinum Performance products will contain ‘Made Fresh On’ and ‘Best Before’ dates,” he says. “One of the reasons Platinum products deliver the promised results is that they’re fresh and the integrity of the ingredients is maintained.” That freshness is paramount in veterinary practice when patients rely on therapeutic nutrition to help with crucial healing and recovery.
Believing that standing still is actually stepping backward, Platinum Performance® is in a continual state of improvement and creation. With a dedication to research, there is constant progress happening in the form of new ingredient testing, in-practice feeding trials and university studies. We don’t introduce a lot of new products as we hone in on a few product concepts that are in direct response to veterinarians’ requests, then we research, source, trial and refine until they prove themselves over time. Every product is born out of clinical necessity, and it often takes over two years to introduce each new product. Quality without results is only half the equation. With Platinum, it has to be the total package.
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by Tara Hembrooke, PhD, MS,
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