LONG BEACH, Calif., June 27, 2007 - BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, today announced that it is in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration's recently announced final rule on Good Manufacturing Practices standards for dietary supplements. BI's industry leading commitment to world class product and process quality ensures that stringent standards surrounding quality control, cleanliness, training and receiving and testing of raw materials are already in place and in recognition of our commitment, no changes in operations were needed in order to comply with the FDA's new regulations.
"Ensuring the quality and purity of our ingredients has always been the top priority for BI and every batch of raw material that enters our facilities is tested for contaminants such as heavy metals and pesticides, as well as subjected to species identification testing," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "These new standards are a positive step toward holding all companies within the industry accountable for the materials and products that leave their facilities and improving consumer confidence in natural products. Enforcement of these regulations will be critical in order to weed out companies whose substandard manufacturing practices are tarnishing the reputation of the entire natural products industry."
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.
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