Botanical Herb Offerings Treated Using BI's Proprietary Steam Sterilization Process
LONG BEACH, Calif., December 4, 2006 -- BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced the availability of six new organic ingredients, including anise seed, fennel seed, ginger root, licorice root, psyllium and slippery elm. These new additions have expanded BI's organic product line to a total of 23 product offerings. Each new ingredient is certified organic and treated via BI's proprietary steam sterilization process, Protexx HP(tm), which reduces microbial contaminants in botanical herbs using super-heated dry steam.
"As the industry demand for organic ingredients grows, BI Nutraceuticals is there to meet that need with new high-quality botanical offerings," stated George Pontiakos, president and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "Our customers now have access to an even broader line of trusted organic ingredients, and have the added confidence of knowing that these ingredients have been sterilized using an organic process to ensure they are free of any contaminants and toxic residue."
Protexx HP is a proprietary process that uses super-heated dry steam to reduce microbiological load with results comparable to that of treatment with ethylene oxide or irradiation without the potential regulatory issues. Protexx HP delivers maximum reduction in potential contaminants while preserving color, flavor and bioactive components.
The Protexx HP steam sterilization process has been certified organic by Quality Assurance International.
BI Nutraceuticals, headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals and other specialty supplements. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. Additionally, BI Nutraceuticals offers several value-added services including particle engineering, drum to hopper formulas and steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(tm) process. For more information visit
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