Commitment to Quality
Highest quality from the start
Most companies tout their products' "high quality," but for Hammer Nutrition, those words are much more than a catch phrase. Our focus on "Highest Quality Control" has defined us for 27 years and counting. Since day one, Proprietor Brian Frank and the entire Hammer Nutrition team have never lost sight of our goal to ensure that every Hammer Nutrition product meets our demanding standards for purity, quality, and efficacy. That's why we confidently back them with our unwavering guarantee.
Made in the U.S. in top-tier facilities
Our focus on excellence starts with our sources. While many businesses outsource their production to overseas facilities to boost their bottom line, we're proud to say that our products are made here in the U.S. That's always been our standard (why would we want it any other way?), and it ensures you that our products are not tainted with unwanted - and possibly very dangerous - substances.
In addition, all Hammer Nutrition products have been, and will continue to be, produced only in facilities that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant. GMP guidelines provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to ensure that manufacturers meet exacting standards for quality assurance and quality control. That translates to consistency and accuracy with regards to:
- Product Support
Hammer Bars, Hammer Vegan Recovery Bars, Hammer Vegan Protein, and all Hammer Nutrition encapsulated supplements are produced in facilities that hold NSF Dietary Supplements GMP Registration.
NSF International's GMP Registration Program enables manufacturers to become independently registered by NSF to meet GMP requirements. The program is open not just to manufacturers of dietary supplements but also to manufacturers of ingredients and raw materials, as well as distribution, warehousing and packaging companies, who want to demonstrate their commitment to public safety.
Premier manufacturers will typically select NSF, due to their reputation and compliance models that often exceed those of regulatory bodies (FDA, Health Departments, etc.).
NSF stresses Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to assure a product has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that appear on its label. These GMP requirements are listed in Section 8 of NSF/ANSI 173 which is the only accredited American National Standard in the dietary supplement industry developed in accordance with the FDA's 21 CFR part 111.
NSF registration is typically sought by dietary supplement manufacturers, and also by select food manufacturers.
SQF 2000 (GFSI) Certified Level 3
Hammer Gel and all Hammer Nutrition powdered fuels are produced in a facility that holds Level 3 Certification under SQF 2000.
The Safe Quality Foods Program (SQF) is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world that require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It was launched in Australia in 1994. Since 2004, it has been administered by the SQF Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Thousands of companies in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and in Asia have received SQF certification.
On July 1, 2013, the SQF Code, Ed 7.1 was introduced. The SQF Code Level 2 and 3 are Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety standards. Each code is divided into 3 levels of certification, indicating the level of development of a supplier's safety and quality systems. The three levels allow the opportunity for continuous improvement and for all sizes of companies to participate. GFSI benchmarked standards are recognized worldwide and accepted, recommended, and required by some of the largest international retailing groups.
What does this mean to you, the consumer?
Companies throw the word "quality" around expecting everyone to "take their word for it." The truth is that quality is only as good as it can be proven.
In our industry, the FDA and Local Health Authorities enforce regulations only when they find breaches in compliance. They offer limited compliance guidance, even when requested. They do not certify a company's quality program as compliant and most times only point out what is wrong and issue citations and fines when they visit a facility and find compliance issues.
NSF and SQF take a different approach. They are experts in the field of Quality Assurance (QA) program development, QA program implementation, and QA program maintenance. Their guidance is based on sound principles developed by experienced professionals. Their auditing and oversight are conducted to ensure companies maintain a high level of quality. Their annual and semi-annual facility audits are quite elaborate and detail-oriented. Their audit reports point out even the smallest deficiencies require firms to isolate the root cause of deficiencies, and, in turn, generate corrective and preventative action plans to avoid future repeat of such deficiencies.
The company's audit responses must provide proof of correction that satisfies the auditor. Companies that do not comply risk losing their registration/certification. In summary, these self-imposed compliance audits provide QA systems that are far more proactive than the "find and fine" methods employed by the regulatory bodies.
We take quality personally
Our products' safety and effectiveness matter to us. After all, we use these products ourselves every day. We're athletes, too, and we care about our health. That's why we choose our products: they're of the highest possible purity, and they work! We want the same for you.
For detailed information on the extensive quality control procedures our manufacturers follow when making Hammer Nutrition fuels and supplements, check out our FAQ "What are your quality control procedures?"