LONG BEACH, Calif., January 25, 2010 - BI Nutraceuticals' Long Beach facility was recently awarded an "excellent" rating during a food safety audit conducted by AIB International, the food industry's premiere auditing organization. This rating is based on a third-party assessment of BI's company policies, documentation practices and operations, as well as a thorough inspection of the physical condition of the grounds, buildings, production and storage areas.
"Our excellent AIB rating demonstrates BI's commitment to providing ingredients of the highest quality and safety to customers in the food and beverage industries," noted Walter Postelwait, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, BI Nutraceuticals. "BI offers more than 200 GRAS ingredients that can be used in a wide-variety of food and beverage applications, and AIB's recognition of our stringent manufacturing practices and overall operations gives customers increased confidence when they fortify their products with our ingredients."
AIB International, founded in 1919 and headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, is committed to protecting food supply chain safety through its comprehensive audit services, educational programs, and research
and technical services surrounding all aspects of food processing.
AIB's staff includes experts in the fields of baking production; research related to experimental baking, cereal science, and nutrition; food safety and hygiene; occupational safety; and maintenance engineering. The AIB association currently has more than 900 members in many countries, ranging from international food ingredient and foodservice companies to small single-unit traditional and artisan retail bakeries. For more information visit www.aibonline.org .
About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals 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, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. The company currently offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association.
Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company's Protexx HP(R) process is currently the industry's only species-specific, organic sterilization method. 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. For more information, visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
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