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Manufacturing & Safety

SaltStick Electrolytes are made in the USA at an FDA-inspected cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility. Between each production run, machines in our contract labs are cleaned based on cGMP compliant cleaning procedures, as well as all other handling steps. This ensures the quality of the final product is of the highest pharmaceutical standard. Learn more by clicking one of our key links below:

*READ: SaltStick has posted our response to recent announcements about salt tablets in professional triathlon. Our products are clean and safe, because we care about you. You can find our full statement here.

Banned Substance & Drug Testing

Nearly every lot of SaltStick is tested for prohibited substances. None of our competitors can say that. How else can Ironman World Champions and Half-Ironman World Champions depend on our products?  We recognize the importance of drug-free sport, and of competing on a level playing field. As a sponsor of many elite-level athletes around the globe, we take the safety of our products seriously, and SaltStick is the electrolyte supplement of choice.

SaltStick Electrolytes are produced in a cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility to ensure product of the highest quality, and our products contain only the ingredients listed on the label. SaltStick Electrolytes are safe and legal for use in any sporting event governed by all sporting governing bodies worldwide. These cannot be listed here due to trademark concerns, but if you play a sport, SaltStick complies with you sport’s governing body requirements. Moreover, SaltStick products are produced in a facility that is certified to produce products for sporting use, and as such, the facility does not process ANY banned substances, for any customer, at any time.

LGC-logoAccidental contamination of supplements with prohibited substances is of great concern for every athlete, especially professionals who are tested on a regular basis. Nearly every lot of SaltStick Electrolytes continues to be tested for prohibited substances by HFL Sport Science (owned by LGC), the testing lab behind INFORMED-CHOICE.  Extensive and long-term testing has been conducted on nearly every lot produced, and all tested lots have been negative for contamination. More information on HFL’s testing is available here.

Q: Why isn’t every lot of SaltStick tested now?
A: Every lot was tested between 2008 and 2012 to establish a baseline. Given the confidence in our production facility, suppliers, methods, and incorporated safety parameters, and the associated testing costs, we now test statistically-significant random production lots. This still exceeds the level of testing of any established supplement testing program.

Q: Why isn’t SaltStick part of an established testing program?
A: SaltStick products already exceed the level of scientific scrutiny applicable to existing registration programs, that are very expensive to join. Our facility is already registered certified for preparation of sporting nutritional products (including the provision of no banned substances on site). A vast number of production lots have, and continue to be, tested to be free of banned substances. 


FDA and Supplements

More insight into the importance of cGMP supplement production, analytical testing and sources of contamination can be found in a 3-part series of articles written for the multisport website slowtwich.com. Links to the articles can be found below or in the Press & Reviews section.

Supplement Testing

Ironman Champ Craig Alexander Talks about Supplement Testing


Testing Results

The following list of SaltStick Electrolyte lots have been tested and found NOT to contain any of over 200 of the most common prohibited substances that can be present as a result of inadvertent contamination. Links to the certificate of analysis (COA) for each lot is provided for your information and protection. A link to HFL’s list of tested products is available here.

“Search” for your lot number to view the independent analysis provided by HFL Sport Science. Can’t find your lot number? Learn how to find your lot number. Lot numbers that are not listed in the chart below have not been specifically tested for banned substances. However, due to our strong manufacturing support, 100% clean track record, and ongoing testing of production lots that exceed all industry guidance, we have complete confidence that all SaltStick product lots are free of banned substances.  For identical lots with different language labels, lot numbers are grouped together by single analysis. 

Lot Number
SaltStick Caps0925, 0926, 0995, 408042 & 0025
SaltStick Caps61422
SaltStick Caps1223
SaltStick Caps1317
SaltStick Caps1009
SaltStick Caps1169
SaltStick Caps1398
SaltStick Caps1520
SaltStick Caps1400
SaltStick Caps1522
SaltStick CapsD0949
SaltStick Caps2080
SaltStick Caps2081
SaltStick Caps2082
SaltStick Caps2083
SaltStick Caps2305
SaltStick Caps2628
SaltStick Caps2630
SaltStick Caps2631
SaltStick Caps2632
SaltStick Caps1009051
SaltStick Caps2885
SaltStick Caps2886
SaltStick Caps2939
SaltStick Caps3155
SaltStick Caps3268
SaltStick Caps52201
SaltStick Caps0353, 0728, & 0805
SaltStick Caps3366
SaltStick Caps3495
SaltStick Caps3496
SaltStick Caps3660
SaltStick Caps710041
SaltStick Caps PLUS511105
SaltStick Caps PLUS4556
SaltStick Caps3909, 3910, 3911, 3912
SaltStick Caps4093
SaltStick Caps4230, 4232
SaltStick Caps4231
SaltStick Caps4231
SaltStick Caps4465, 4466, 4467
SaltStick Caps4766, 4767
SaltStick Caps211085
SaltStick Caps PLUS5629
SaltStick Caps PLUS5395, 5396
SaltStick Caps PLUS4667
SaltStick Caps5174, 5175, 5176, 5177, 5184 & 5185
SaltStick Caps4561
SaltStick Caps5178, 5179, 5186, 5187
SaltStick Caps5399/01, 5399, 5400, 5401, 5402, 5403
SaltStick Caps5402
SaltStick Caps5511, 5512, 5513, 5513/01, 5514
SaltStick Caps5635, 5636, 5637, 5638, 5639
SaltStick Caps PLUS6908
SaltStick Caps PLUS6762
SaltStick Caps PLUS6563, 6564
SaltStick Caps6567, 6568, 6569, 6570, 6571
SaltStick Caps6767
SaltStick Caps6766, 6768, 6769, 6770
SaltStick Caps PLUS8321, 8322, 8323, 8324
SaltStick Caps PLUS8460, 8461, 8462
SaltStick Caps PLUS8716, 8716/01, 8717, 8718
SaltStick Caps PLUS8861, 8862, 8863, 8864
SaltStick Caps 8778, 8779
SaltStick Caps8858, 8859, 8860
SaltStick Caps8868, 8869, 8870, 8871, 8872
SaltStick Caps8950, 8851
SaltStick Fastchews152618, 152619
SaltStick Caps PLUS9536, 9535, 10175, 10174, 10301, 1115036, 9940
SaltStick Caps9932, 9931, 10183, 10180, 10181,10182, 10309, 10306, 10307,10308, 10312, 10310, 10311
SaltStick Caps616012, 10626, 11188, 11187, 11186, 11185, 11189, 11190
SaltStick Caps PLUS616014, 10628, 10930, 10931, 10426, 10300
SaltStick Caps13375, 13376, 13377, 13378, 13379, 917020, 12156, 12157, 12158, 12159, 12160, 11766, 11765, 11767, 11768, 11769, 12049, 12048
SaltStick Fastchews164468, 164469, 173418, 173419