BI's Protexx HP Steam Sterilization Technology Honored by NBJ

LONG BEACH, Calif., February 5, 2007 -- BI Nutraceuticals, the leading supplier of quality raw materials and custom blends for 30 years, received a 2006 Business Achievement Award for Innovative Technology from Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) for the company's proprietary Protexx HP(tm) steam sterilization process. The award will be presented at an official ceremony at the NBJ Newport Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., July 18-20, 2007.

Introduced in April 2006, Protexx HP is the steam sterilization process BI Nutraceuticals uses in the production of their extensive line of herbal powders. 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. This process delivers maximum reduction in potential contaminants while preserving color, flavor and bioactive components. Additionally, the Protexx HP steam sterilization process has been certified organic by Quality Assurance International. 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.

"We are pleased to receive NBJ's award for our unique sterilization process. This recognition is a testament to our company's commitment to the purity and safety standards that our customers expect and deserve," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals.

Nutrition Business Journal,, is a research, publishing and consulting company serving the nutrition, natural products and alternative health care industries. The monthly, executive journal addresses how the nutrition industry impacts the larger food, pharmaceutical and health care industries. It also discusses business activities, market size/growth, trends and opportunities in the nutrition industry.

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. For more information visit

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