LONG BEACH, Calif., April 16, 2007 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced that hundreds of its food and dietary supplement ingredient offerings have been Halal certified by the Islamic Foods and Nutritional Council of America (IFANCA). Halal certification ensures that these ingredients are acceptable for individuals who follow the dietary restrictions of the Muslim faith. As part of the Halal certification process, the IFANCA also inspected all of BI Nutraceuticals' manufacturing facilities.
"The Muslim faith is an important demographic focus for BI and we feel it critical that our ingredients meet the strict dietary standards of our customer base," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "Demand from manufacturers for Halal certified ingredients is growing exponentially, especially as Halal certified products continue to be sought out not only by the Muslim community, but also by a diverse group of individuals who view the certification as a symbol of superior quality."
A complete list of BI's ingredients that have been Halal certified is available upon request.
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Islandia, NY and Suzhou, China, 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. BI also provides drum to hopper custom blends and granular, time released and encapsulated ingredients. All ingredients undergo heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing, and herbal powders are also analyzed using BI's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has additionally developed UltraHD(R), a process which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. BI also offers steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP(TM) process, which utilizes high pressure, super-heated dry steam to ensure ingredients maintain their color and active compounds without water saturation problems. For more information visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
IFANCA is a non-profit Islamic organization dedicated to promoting Halal food and the institution of Halal. Headquartered in Chicago, Ill., the organization also maintains offices on the West Coast, Toronto, Canada and Brussels, Belgium. IFANCA certified products are sold in nearly every country in the world. For more information visit www.ifanca.org.