BI Nutraceuticals' Rupa Das to Discuss Steam Sterilization Processing at Expo West

LONG BEACH, Calif., February 28, 2007 -- Rupa Das, vice president of global quality and compliance for BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, will be presenting "Protexx HP(tm) - Sterilization Comes Clean," at Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. On March 9 at 12 p.m. at the Global Supply Marketplace (booth #362), Das will discuss the pros and cons of various sterilization methods for raw material, including Protexx HP, BI’s proprietary sterilization process.

Protexx HP 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. Unlike ethylene oxide and irradiation, steam sterilization does not leave any residue, is completely natural, is environmentally friendly and does not require any type of additional label declarations.

Das develops, implements and manages the quality assurance, quality control and regulatory systems for BI and has developed and implemented a quality surveillance program for BI's China group. Das has more than 13 years of quality and regulatory compliance management experience in the dietary supplement and personal care product industries. She is a certified GMP auditor and is involved at different levels with leading industry organizations.

About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals, with facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Islandia, N.Y. 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, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. 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 steam sterilization via the company's Protexx HP
(tm) process. For more information visit

About Expo West:
Natural Products Expo West,, is the largest natural products tradeshow in North America, spanning 250,000 square feet of exhibit space and attracting buyers from around the globe. This year's annual tradeshow and conference will host more than 1,500 exhibitors and welcome over 36,000 attendees.
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