BI Nutraceuticals today announced that it has installed a third steam sterilization unit (Steam 3), located at its headquarters in Long Beach, Calif., to meet growing demand from its customers for species-specific, organic steam sterilization of raw materials. This third unit will allow BI to steam sterilize more than 15,000 metric tons of herbal botanical, spice and food ingredients annually. Steam 3 joins Steam 1, the industry's first organic, species-specific, high-heat, low-moisture sterilization process in Long Beach and Steam 2 located in BI's wholly owned processing facility in Suzhou, China. BI's China facility ensures that all ingredients purchased in the region are free of contaminants prior to being shipped to the U.S.
"The FDA's ban on sterilizing raw materials with ethylene oxide and irradiation, as well as the phasing in of the new cGMP's, has created an increased demand for BI's proprietary steam sterilization services," stated George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "With the addition of a third steam sterilization unit, BI can more effectively meet the demand for our steam sterilized botanical ingredients, as well as offer our customers in the food industry toll sterilization services for food ingredients and spices."
The GMP-compliant Protexx HP system uses super-heated dry steam to reduce microbiological load, yielding results comparable to treating ingredients with ethylene oxide or irradiation, but without the potential regulatory issues. With more than six years of experience in using high-heat, low-moisture, steam sterilization, BI now has over 700 species and genius specific computer protocols to systematically sterilize its vast catalogue of botanical ingredients. These controls give BI the unique ability to sterilize its high quality ingredients while maintaining volatile oils and color integrity.
About BI Nutraceuticals:
BI Nutraceuticals is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food and beverage 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. 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.