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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. 

Test Date
Lot Number
Content Analysis
5/16/2008SaltStick Caps0925, 0926, 0995, 408042 & 0025PDF Link
5/16/2008SaltStick Caps61422PDF Link
1/15/2009SaltStick Caps1223PDF Link
1/15/2009SaltStick Caps1317PDF Link
1/15/2009SaltStick Caps1009PDF Link
1/15/2009SaltStick Caps1169PDF Link
5/22/2009SaltStick Caps1398PDF Link
5/22/2009SaltStick Caps1520PDF Link
5/22/2009SaltStick Caps1400PDF Link
5/22/2009SaltStick Caps1522PDF Link
8/1/2009SaltStick CapsD0949PDF Link
9/18/2009SaltStick Caps2080PDF Link
9/18/2009SaltStick Caps2081PDF Link
9/18/2009SaltStick Caps2082PDF Link
9/18/2009SaltStick Caps2083PDF Link
9/18/2009SaltStick Caps2305PDF Link
1/19/2010SaltStick Caps2628PDF Link
1/19/2010SaltStick Caps2630PDF Link
1/19/2010SaltStick Caps2631PDF Link
1/19/2010SaltStick Caps2632PDF Link
1/19/2010SaltStick Caps1009051PDF Link
5/26/2010SaltStick Caps2885PDF Link
5/26/2010SaltStick Caps2886PDF Link
5/26/2010SaltStick Caps2939PDF Link
5/26/2010SaltStick Caps3155PDF Link
5/26/2010SaltStick Caps3268PDF Link
6/1/2010SaltStick Caps52201PDF Link
6/1/2010SaltStick Caps0353, 0728, & 0805PDF Link
10/29/2010SaltStick Caps3366PDF Link
10/29/2010SaltStick Caps3495PDF Link
10/29/2010SaltStick Caps3496PDF Link
10/29/2010SaltStick Caps3660PDF Link
10/29/2010SaltStick Caps710041PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps PLUS511105PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps PLUS4556PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps3909, 3910, 3911, 3912PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4093PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4230, 4232PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4231PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4231PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4465, 4466, 4467PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps4766, 4767PDF Link
9/30/2011SaltStick Caps211085PDF Link
6/24/2012SaltStick Caps PLUS5629PDF Link
6/24/2012SaltStick Caps PLUS5395, 5396PDF Link
6/24/2012SaltStick Caps PLUS4667PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5174, 5175, 5176, 5177, 5184 & 5185PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps4561PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5178, 5179, 5186, 5187PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5399/01, 5399, 5400, 5401, 5402, 5403PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5402PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5511, 5512, 5513, 5513/01, 5514PDF Link
7/24/2012SaltStick Caps5635, 5636, 5637, 5638, 5639PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps PLUS6908PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps PLUS6762PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps PLUS6563, 6564 PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps6567, 6568, 6569, 6570, 6571PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps6767PDF Link
9/27/2013SaltStick Caps6766, 6768, 6769, 6770 PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps PLUS8321, 8322, 8323, 8324PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps PLUS8460, 8461, 8462PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps PLUS8716, 8716/01, 8717, 8718PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps PLUS8861, 8862, 8863, 8864PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps 8778, 8779PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps8858, 8859, 8860PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps8868, 8869, 8870, 8871, 8872PDF Link
5/4/2015SaltStick Caps8950, 8851PDF Link
10/1/2015SaltStick Fastchews152618, 152619PDF Link
6/1/2016SaltStick Caps PLUS9536, 9535, 10175, 10174, 10301, 1115036, 9940PDF Link
6/1/2016SaltStick Caps9932, 9931, 10183, 10180, 10181,10182, 10309, 10306, 10307,10308, 10312, 10310, 10311PDF Link
2/13/2017SaltStick Caps616012, 10626, 11188, 11187, 11186, 11185, 11189, 11190PDF Link
2/13/2017SaltStick Caps PLUS616014, 10628, 10930, 10931, 10426, 10300PDF Link